Being a Change Agent in Education Takes Courage and Patience
Are you excited to be a change agent in today’s K-12 educational system? Change agents in education are those who courageously do new things that make a real difference for the students and for everyone else connected with the school. This can be an exhilarating, yet daunting task, for any school leader. But are you ready to take it on?
Changes, innovations, and new ideas are not always greeted with pleasure or enthusiasm. Nor are they easy to institute, when it involves the way the entire school system functions. As a school leader, it requires patience and courage to pick up the mantle of being a change agent in education! Sometimes we have to ask ourselves some tough questions about the price we’re willing to pay for pushing the boundaries.
In the following video, I talk about my own experience in doing this, plus the one question that keeps me moving forward…
It’s a weighty thought to know that the K-12 experience you provide is the one chance for each student that enters your school doors. As school leaders, we must ask ourselves, “How am I, are we going to turn these years into the best opportunity for students to grow into mature adults who become valuable and productive members of our communities?
Did you notice the words “am I” are struck out? That’s because you cannot do this on your own! You can be that courageous person who starts it, but you need the power of many committed people to make a real difference. You need your entire team to be supporting your efforts. That’s why I encourage all school leaders to look into how Social Learning Spaces can help you get your team on board and feel comfortable with your new ideas.
As Principals, Deans, Superintendents, and Assistant Superintendents, we know being a school leader can’t just be all about the students, even if that’s where our heart is. There are many challenges that a change agent in education must consider beyond the equity challenges each student faces. School policies, office politics, parental distrust, and personal preferences to name just a few of these challenges. Each, in and of itself, can be a major obstacle.
Besides courage, you need patience, because change does not happen overnight. A quick course correction is not going to create change in a dramatic way. We have to keep working on it, without letting discouragement get in our way. It takes a clear vision of the entire scope of the problem-to-solution equation to know when to push and when to back off. And it may come at a price that you’re going to have to be willing to pay. That’s a lot riding on your shoulders!
My passion is helping school leaders at all levels to count the cost of making changes in their schools and identifying how to progressively bring innovative ideas to a successful fruition, as a cohesive team. I would love to have a conversation about YOUR situation at YOUR school. Please feel free to contact me for a complimentary 30-minute consultation and let’s talk.
Thank you for the photo Ian Schneider.