Week 2

September 10th: What’s involved in change?

Power Point: wk 2 ppt 14-2

The nature of change and the complexity of the “change process”

This assignment includes reading and preparation for an in-class activity as well as a short reflective writing assignment.


Students should read both chapters by ONE of the following authors:

Christensen, C., Horn, M., & Johnson, C. (2008). “Why schools struggle to teach differently” & “Making the Shift: Schools Meet Society’s Needs” In
Disrupting Class: How disruptive innovation will change the way the world. New York: McGraw Hill.


Fullan, M. (2007). “The meaning of educational change” & “Insights into the change process” The new meaning of educational change. Teachers College Press.


Hargreaves, A., & Shirley, D. (2009). “The crisis of educational change” &
In The global fourth way : the quest for educational excellence.   Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press


Senge, P. (1990). “The laws of the fifth discipline” & “The art of seeing the forest and the trees.” In The fifth discipline. New York: Doubleday.


For additional background, explore other chapters/works by your author, such as:

Fullan, M. (2009). Have theory, will travel: a theory of action for system change. In Hargreaves, A., & Fullan, M. Change Wars. Solution Tree. Bloomington, IN.

Senge, P., Cambron-McCabe, N., Lucas, T., Smith, B., & Dutton, J. (2012). “Orientation” in Schools that learn: A fifth discipline fieldbook for educators, parents, and everyone who cares about education. New York: Crown Business


In order to develop our understanding of some of the most prominent ideas surrounding educational change, for this assignment, we are asking each of you to become an “expert” on the work of one of the leading thinkers (or pairs of thinkers) in this area. In class on 9/4, please sign-up to focus on one of the author(s) (if you were not able to be in class please email Deirdre with your preferences).

As you read, please strive to:

  1. Get an overall sense of what the author(s) are arguing – what is their “thesis”, “theory”, or “argument”?
  2. (In addition to the overall argument) identify any key issues/concepts/ideas that you think are particularly important for school designers to keep in mind
  1. Jot down any ideas/concepts etc. that you think need further clarification and/or any major questions the work raises for you
  2. Review the comments/questions related to the readings on the blog, share your own if you like, and come to class prepared to participate in small group discussions about one or more of the issues raised.

3-4 page Ideal school descriptions

These descriptions should describe your vision of an ideal school. What does it look like? Who will you find there? What are they doing? Why do you think this is ideal? Is this vision based on evidence, research, readings, your own experiences, your values, your imagination?

The descriptions can be produced in the form of letters, memos, reflective journal entries, multimedia or other formats; written products should be no longer than 3-4 pages. The products could be directed to your classmates or interested others; or you can choose to make this a personal reflection (recognizing that your classmates will also have access to it). Please upload your descriptions to the appropriate discussion forum on Blackboard and bring 3 hard copies to class or post a link to your work and prepare to share it in class.

This assignment is designed to give participants a chance to share their initial thoughts on schooling and school improvement and introduce themselves to the instructor and other class members. Participants are encouraged to make their products as engaging and creative as they wish. The letters will be shared with classmates and the instructor. All descriptions that are completed on time and are in good order will be considered satisfactory, but please note that these can be considered as reflections or “drafts” and should not take longer than an hour or two to produce.


Assignment: assignment wk2 change 14

Power Point:  wk 1 agenda & overview 14 final


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