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"CHANGE THAT EMANATES FROM TEACHERS LASTS UNTIL THEY FIND A BETTER WAY."
Roland Barth- Improving Schools From Within


"The Gate of Change is Locked on the INSIDE."


"NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL, COMMITTED PEOPLE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD, INDEED, IT IS THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAS!"
Margaret Meade


WE ALL ARE "MIDWIVES" TO OUR OWN REALITY.


"IT IS ONLY OUT ON THE LIMB...WHERE THE FRUIT GROWS."


"You must do the things you think you cannot do."
- Eleanor Roosevelt


This job is a test. It is only a test. If this had been a real job you would have had:
- Recognition for good work
- Pay commensurate with your expertise & results
- Promotions to greater responsibilities.


THE FIVE COMMANDMENTS OF EFFECTIVE STAFF DEVELOPMENT
1. THOU SHALT BE A VISIBLE LEARNER
2. THOU SHALT TREAT ALL INDIVIDUALS INDIVIDUALLY
3. THOU SHALT FIND YOUR OWN VOICE
4. THOU SHALT SEE THINGS AS THEY OUGHT TO BE
5. THOU SHALT MODEL THE MODEL


ADOPTING A MISSION...
DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE KNOW HOW TO ACHIEVE THE MISSION. IF THAT WERE TRUE WE WOULD DO IT TODAY.

ADOPTING A MISSION DOES MEAN...
THAT WE WILL DEDICATE OURSELVES TO LEARNING HOW TO ACHIEVE OUR MISSION
THAT WE WILL USE THE MISSION TO DRIVE ALL OTHER IMPROVEMENT DECISIONS
THAT WE WILL USE THE MISSION TO FOCUS OUR ENERGY, TALENT AND RESOURCES.
By Barry Sweeny


"THE ENERGY FOR INTERNAL SCHOOL RENEWAL COMES FROM THE DISCREPANCY THAT MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY FEEL BETWEEN WHERE THEY ARE AND WHERE THEY WOULD LIKE THEIR SCHOOL TO BE.
CONSENSUS ON THE SCHOOL'S MISSION, THEREFORE, IS CRITICAL TO THE LONG TERM SUCCESS OF THE PROCESS".
-LARRY LEZOTTE


Life is like a band. We need not all play the same part, but, we MUST all play in harmony.


"WOULD YOU TELL ME PLEASE, WHICH WAY I OUGHT TO GO?"

"THAT DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU WANT TO GET TO," SAID THE CAT.

"I DON'T MUCH CARE WHERE-" SAID ALICE.

"THEN IT DOESN'T MATTER WHICH WAY YOU GO," SAID THE CAT.

"-SO LONG AS I GET SOMEWHERE." SAID ALICE

"OH, YOU'RE SURE TO DO THAT," SAID THE CAT, "IF YOU ONLY KEEP WALKING."
-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland



"People can be encouraged to change, but if the structure of the system in which the individuals work does not support them or allow enough flexibility, improvement efforts will fail.

Similarly, if the organization's governance, policies, structures, time frames, and resource allocation are changed but the individuals within the organization do not have opportunities to learn how to work within the new system, the improvement effort will fail."

Todnem & Warner (1994)


ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT... REQUIRES A PLANNED APPROACH TO CHANGE BASED ON MEETING THE NEEDS OF BOTH THE PEOPLE AND THE ORGANIZATION".

Killion & Harrison (1990)

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