Day 52 (of 188) Leading Change via @michaelfullan1 at #bcssabcasbo14

Day 52 (of 188) Leading Change via @michaelfullan1 at #bcssabcasbo14

Michael Fullan challenged us to think about “what and why” we would do work for change.

He shared some key videos:

We had good table talks around creativity (BCs Core Competency Creativity link: )

But if you are wanting to be a leader for change, here are the key 7 thoughts/self-questions to ponder:

Skills for Leading Change

1. Challenges the status quo
2. Builds trust through clear communication and expectations
3. Creates commonly owned plan for success
4. Focuses on team over self
5. Has sense of urgency for sustainable results
6. Commits to continuous improvement for self
7. Builds external networks and partnerships

When facing resistance:

1. Give people respect before they have earned it
2. Practice impressive empathy
3. Love your employees (create conditions where they can be successful)
4. Deal firmly with what’s left over
5. The road to reducing resistance is to increase enthusiasm

Bigger Question:

1. What idea are you taking forward

With the warning: “Gotta pick your battles” mentality can = stuck


About technolandy

Educator in BCs Sunny Shuswap Pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Utilizing ePortfolios & Descriptive Feedback
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2 Responses to Day 52 (of 188) Leading Change via @michaelfullan1 at #bcssabcasbo14

  1. You would think taken 4.5 billions off educational budgets (in a time where deficits and debts seem to matter) and enhancing learning to boot would drive a lot of those who purport to want change to “engage”. I have laid out the idea that, since Finnish kids start school at 7 and end up at the top of the boards on several PISA tests, since the educational system of Canada and Finland look very similar, since the Finnish spelling system is one of the most regular (phonemic) and the English spelling system is the worse, and since Swedish-speaking kids who are not taught in a similarly “easy” language don’t do as well as their Finnish-speaking counterparts, who happen to be of a lower socio-economic level to boot, it follows that all Commonwealth educational leaders should be advocating for a reform of the English spelling system, as outlined in my blog ( No one has been able to refute the validity of such an idea, but I welcome the questions and the critique. You mention Will Richardson who sees that one of the eight attributes of modern educational leaders is being “innovators and suppor[ing] innovation.” Okay! Action speaks louder than words! Well actually words do speak pretty loud here! 🙂 Innovating to make a language easier to learn (decode and encode), knowing that ALL learning involves language, should be a crucial innovation that all education leaders should embrace. Is this innovation a bit too unpleasant, too disruptive, too challenging, too stressful to bear, even though my plan of phasing it in in schools over 20 years should not be challenging, disruptive, or unpleasant since it would not involve the people who are literate today! There is no doubt that improving the phonemic representation of 100,000 of words so that they can be decoded and encoded rapidly would enhance learning dramatically. If you think I am crazy, freedom of thought still exists! Do know that I have the degree in linguistics and 25 years of experience at all school levels, as a teacher and as a learning disability teachers, in 2 languages. Now it is true that persuading other leaders might be a formidable challenge, but the eradication of slavery was once thought as impossible until a few people courageously challenged the status quo, really challenged the status quo. Dedicated to all of those kids who are labeled reading disabled, when, in reality, it is the language that is!

    • technolandy says:

      Ah, the fun parts of education! I still encourage a strong foundation: you can’t do poetry well until you know the words and rules to use and break; and I’ve seen too many lose an interest in numeracy because of too much focus on computations. It’s a fun journey, this education thing!

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