One of my roles as an educator is to inspire and support change so that the school can move from where it is to where it needs to be to ensure the best outcomes for all its students. Change is always challenging but when necessary change takes place, it responds to the needs of students leading to changed practice and improved student outcomes. My innovation plan’s goal is to implement a Blended Learning approach in 6th grade in order to give students more control and agency over their own learning. I want my students to be more engaged and independent so that they can master the student expectations provided by the state of Texas. Numerous factors such as context, teachers, and families are involved in order to advance in the achievement of my innovation plan. In order to increase the chances of this innovation plan, I will use the six sources of influence to increase the chances of success. This process is not a quick fix; it is a process and model for changing behavior at an organization’s core. Based on this, I have developed a strategy for organizational change in regards to my Blended Learning initiative.
How will I measure the results?
In order to know if the results of my innovation plan worked, I will gather different data points. I will gather input from students through polls and surveys. I will also develop a system to systematically collect observations that demonstrate students were engaged. In addition to that, I will meet bi-weekly with team leaders to discuss student and teachers’ input.
There are some vital behaviors that I need to observe in my organization. The first behavior I identified is resistance to change. Corica (2020) states that going against change is due to the displeasure of the challenge as they present new ideas and cause a change of thinking on whoever is involved (p. 2). From my perspective resistance to change is evident by the lack of interest others put in it which can prevent, interrupt or hinder the successful implementation of the blended approach.
- Teachers will explore the different Blended Learning models and highlight the challenges and positive outcomes.
- Teachers and administrators will model and discuss the implementation of the different blended learning models in a variety of content areas during staff and team meetings.
- Information technology infrastructure is enhanced for all teachers and students.
The organizational influencers that will support the implementation of my innovation plan are team leaders, administrators, teachers, and technology department.
The following chart includes the six sources of influence to make change in my organization.
|PERSONAL||*Blended learning is a new approach that includes different models depending on students’ needs.|
*Blended learning will allow teachers to acquire tech skills that will help them meet the needs of their students.
*A new teaching approach will allow teachers to enhance students’ learning outcomes and improve students’ learning.
|*Adopters are provided an opportunity to observe at least 3 blended learning models in a colleague’s classroom.|
*Adopters are provided technical support/directions for implementation of blended learning models.
*One-on-one conferences at adopters’ request. During the conference, adopters will discuss failures and how they are overcoming them.
|SOCIAL||*Administrators model strategies that can be used in a blended learning approach in staff meetings|
* Team leaders model how they have implemented one of the blended learning models in their own content area.
*Share student work that has been done in a blended learning class.
|*Offer optional meetings for questions, support and sharing|
*Allow adopters to observe leaders implementing one of the blended learning models.
*Adopters request a one-on-one conference to discuss additional students’ samples in addition to challenges and solutions.
|STRUCTURAL||*Provide a recognition or incentive system|
*Share success at school and in weekly communication system
|*The administration team will design a badge system with specific criteria per level|
*Technology department will develop a stable infrastructure (reliable wi-fi) across the building. The organization may purchase additional devices to have available to students and teachers.
Córica, J. L. (2020). Resistencia docente al cambio: Caracterización y estrategias para un problema no resuelto. AIESAD. https://www.redalyc.org/journal/3314/331463171013/html/
What is your why?
John Kotter, the author of A Sense of Urgency, identifies the need for leaders to create a sense of urgency by getting people to actually see and feel the need for change. He suggests that without urgency any change effort is doomed. I believe that the pandemic created by itself a sense of urgency. It obliged the education community, and stakeholders to react and act accordingly to the circumstances to promote education to learners in any way that could be approached.
As an educator, I believe it is my responsibility to teach my students the skills they will need in the future. I truly believe that 20 years from now most of the students around the world will not need to physically be at a campus in order to get a degree. This is exactly why in my innovation plan I propose that students need to be exposed to a full integration of face to face and online learning now. The pre-Covid 19 era exhibited a pursuit of technology integration in the classroom. Most teachers were willing to integrate some technology but resources were not enough in each classroom. COVID-19 forced the educational system to make adjustments and changes to instructional strategies and technologies used in the classroom including the way instruction was delivered. As an educator who is passionate about teaching and learning, I need to take advantage of the new instructional models, educational platforms, and digital tools that are now available to my students. The use of such digital tools will allow my students to access the content they need in the environment that is most suitable to them. The post pandemic or the transition that the society is facing is giving us the sense of urgency again to combine what the pandemic left behind and the new educational challenges. I still remember how difficult it was to have one computer per student available in my classroom before the pandemic. But things drastically changed and somehow every student has a device as a primary tool now. By using all of the new tools and approaches, that is howI can create the sense of urgency to establish the blended learning in my institution. I believe that all the elements are in place to promote the blended learning models that fit students needs.
Leading with heart will allow me to explain what I believe in and how it may positively impact student learning. It is my duty as a passionate educator about learning to inspire others and promote change that will help create a learning environment where students are at the driver’s seat.
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