Leading School Change: 9 Strategies to Bring Everybody on Board

7. Look Past Buy-In to Action

  • First you need to get all your superstars on board. They are the ones with the most positive influence on others and the broadest vision. Then give them time to work their magic on as many of their colleagues as possible. When you have a critical mass, go for it. The start of a school year is often the best time. Whitaker suggests you map out who is onboard and who they might bring along. The map should be continuously modified as more people are involved. (Todd provides several sample maps.) Look for your formal leaders such as department chairs and informal leaders who others look to for advice. If you are trying to make a change in multiple schools, look to the superstar principals as places to start.
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