You are probably familiar with the saying, “change is a process not an event”—but for some reason we still think change should be immediate. It is not through one professional development session or one community meeting that lasting change will occur. Change is also uncomfortable for many people, even when they believe things must change. Resistance to change is inevitable and occurs for many reasons. Most often, I find that people resist change because they don’t understand why the change is occurring and they don’t feel part of the process.
For this journey to be successful, you must include your stakeholders in the process, unite your community around an understanding of the “why,” and create a shared vision for how, together, you can redefine the grammar of schooling to meet the needs of all your learners. It is essential to create a way to transparently manage and communicate this change process.