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1 We Find Time For What We Value SAMs Annual Conference December 4, 2009 Ames, IA

2 Exploring Our Immunities to Change Facilitated by Dr. Carol Seid and Dr. Troyce Fisher

3 Intended Outcome To provide time and a protocol for principals and SAMs to be able to reflect on the inward changes they must make if significant school improvement is to occur

4 Protocol Source: Change Leadership by Wagner, et. al. “ We need to sharpen our vision outward, seeing more deeply into the organizations we are trying to improve. We also need to sharpen our vision inward. Tough as it is, to bring about important changes in the organizations we lead, we must consider the need for our own change.”

5 Protocol Description Four steps, One Step at a time, with explanation, examples and templates provided This is an introduction-- “A toe in the water” Work in your SAM/Principal Team Confidentiality is the norm

6 Step 1: Make the Commitment What one or two aspects of your role, if you were to dedicate yourself to them, would make the biggest contribution toward improving instruction in your district? What is the most important thing that you need to get better at or should change in order to make progress towards this goal? Some examples from Carol

7 Frame your answer as a commitment I am committed to the value or importance of…

8 Step 2: Recognize Counter- productive Behaviors What are you doing or not doing that is keeping your commitment from being more fully realized? List specific behaviors that you do and do not do Resist listing your reasoning for why you are doing what you’re doing or for not doing what you should be doing List only those behaviors or what you are not doing that undermine or work against your commitment Examples from Carol

9 Step 3: Identify Competing Commitments Look at what you’ve written in the Doing/Not Doing Column Imagine what it would be like to do the exact opposite of them Identify what fears or uncomfortable thoughts enter you mind as you imagine doing the opposite Use those feelings to identify your competing commitment(s) Write it down as “I am also committed to…”

10 Examples of Competing Commitments Elementary Principals Middle School Principals High School Principals Carol’s example

11 Reflections on Competing Commitments They’re a clue to our emotional immunity to change We hold them for good reasons When we see what’s preventing us from making a change we have a better chance to change

12 Step 4:Name Your Big Assumption Take your third column competing commitment and rewrite it in the 4th column beginning with the words, “I assume that IF I… (whatever is in column three) THEN (this will happen) Your big assumption should (1) shed light on why your third column commitments make perfect sense; (2) describe a consequence that will end disastrously; and (3) point to a constricted world of possibilities that mostly ends up bad

13 Examples of Big Assumptions Elementary Principal Middle School Principal High School Principal Carol’s example

14 Now What? Explore your big assumptions slowly and surely (see handout) Carol’s examples

15 Cautions Take your time--this is a process Realize that everyone has competing commitments Take the balcony view-don’t get too specific too soon

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