Change.

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Every school faces it.Change is Not Always Messed Up.

Many people don’t like it.

Some even fight it.

Change.

My favorite qoute:

“Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have – and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up."  (James Belasco and Ralph Stayer, Flight of the Buffalo, 1994)

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4 Responses to “Change.”


  1. Marcus Byrd
    on Feb 1st, 2012
    @ 12:25 pm

    I love that quote!

    That is a good lesson in risk / reward.


  2. Lisa
    on Feb 1st, 2012
    @ 4:33 pm

    This is great! Shared it on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/PTOToday


  3. Norberto
    on Feb 4th, 2012
    @ 4:25 am

    Great quote. We all need to be more open to change.


  4. GD Scott
    on Jul 16th, 2016
    @ 2:55 am

    Change is a big deal. If a school has a School Development Plan (SDP) it will establish as part of this plan Development Goals 1, 2, 3 years out for various elements that describe the school’s operations. Currently I identify 26 elements in an SDP and embed in those as appropriate criteria of school effectiveness. This will be a school unafraid of change if the continuous evaluation of the effectiveness of the school shows that it is warranted.

    I became wedded to the Michael Fullan model for change after trying to bring about a major change in my school district in Western Australia. Fullan’s model showed me that the process we used was along sound lines but we learned a lot from running the Fullan model over what we had done.

    To attempt too much change at once is a recipe for disaster as the people undergoing the changes become overwhelmed.

    Top down imposed change that does not gel with the troops rarely works.

    The need for change can come from many and varied sources. A rich ground for possible change resides amongst the teachers in a school. They know what stuff is needed and what works and given the opportunity can lead change to a successful conclusion. There is nothing like distributed leadership within a school.

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