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Journey Toward Excellence
A Systemic Change Effort in the Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township
Indianapolis, Indiana
Facilitated by Indiana University

THE CHANGE PROCESS AT A GLANCE:
I. Initiation Phase 14 months
1. Facilitators assessed and enhanced their own readiness for the process and formed a Support Team. (Old 1) Oct - Nov '00
2. Facilitators explored working with four school districts and established a relationship with Decatur. (Old 2) Dec - Feb '01
3. Facilitators assessed and enhanced Decatur's readiness, but did not develop a contract for their services. (Old 3) 1/23 - 2/15/01
4. Facilitators and superintendent formed the Core Team (Old 5) 2/16 - 3/07/01
* Core Team developed a broad agreement for the change process for all stakeholders to sign and sought board approval (New 11) 3/19 - 5/21/01
5. Retreat was designed and held to develop Core Team dynamic (Old 6) Apr - Jun '01
6. Develop Core Team understanding of the systemic change process, systems design, dialogue, and small-group facilitation (Old 7) Jun - Nov '01
7. Develop an agreement/contract with the Core Team and School Board for a systemic change process and funding, scope out resource needs, and plan a proposal for external funding (New) - Not needed (free)
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II. Foundation Building Phase

 
8. Assess and enhance district and community interest in, and culture for, systemic change (Changes in educational needs, values about education) (Begin by redesigning the event) (Old 10, 11, 17 & 18) Jan - Feb '02
Jan - Mar '03
9. Assess and enhance district and community capacity for change (identify assets and barriers) (Begin by redesigning the event) (Old 4 & new) Jan - Dec '03
10. Identify current and recent change efforts and decide what relation they should have with this effort (Decide how to integrate them) (Begin by redesigning the event) (Old 9) Feb - Dec '02
11. Develop a broad agreement for a systemic change process and have a large public signing ceremony (Begin by redesigning the event) (New) Jan - Feb '03
12. Redesign event 13 (Old 12) and work on funding for next phase Jan '03

 

(New) III. Develop the District-Wide Framework and Capacity for Change

 

(New)  10. Starter Team expands into the Leadership Team, Starter Team becomes facilitators, facilitator becomes an advisor and "critical friend" (Old 13) (Begin by redesigning the event)

Click here for a list of readings that support this stage

Community Forum Videos used in Fall of 2007:

Currently engaged in this stage
(New)  11. Hold a one-day retreat to develop the Leadership Team dynamic (Old 13) (Begin by redesigning the event) Rejected Stage
(New)  12. Facilitators develop Leadership Team understanding of systems, design, mental models, the systemic change process, dialogue, and small-group facilitation (Address throughout Events 13-17, and hold several one-day retreats) (Old 13) Currently engaged in this stage
(New)  13. Leadership Team develops a district-wide framework with broad stakeholder participation (community forums). This includes identifying changes in the community's educational needs, and using them to develop a mission, vision, and core values for an ideal school system. It takes this opportunity to assess and enhance district and community interest in, and culture for, systemic change. Develop pyramid groups for broad stakeholder involvement. (Involve Leadership Team to some extent in redesigning the event) (Old 10, 11, 17 & 18)

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Jan '03 - Feb '05

(New)  14. Leadership Team identifies current and recent change efforts and decides what relation those should have with this effort (decides how to integrate them) (Begin by redesigning the event) (Old 9) x
(New) 15. Leadership Team develops a change process strategy, including capacity building and funding. Advisor's role is defined and funded for Phase IV. (Begin by redesigning the event) (New) x

IV. Create Ideal Designs for a New Educational System

 

16. Leadership Team forms and capacitates building-level Design Teams and conducts a workshop on the framework. (Begin by redesigning the event.) (Old 19) x
17. Design Teams create building-level designs and systems for evaluating those designs with broad stakeholder involvement. Leadership Team supports and monitors the Design Teams. (Old 18, 20, 21, 22, and 23) x
18. Leadership Team forms and capacitates a district-level Design Team (Begin by redesigning the event) (New) x
19. Design Team creates a design for ideal district administrative and governance systems, and systems for evaluating that design, with broad stakeholder involvement. Leadership Team supports and monitors this Design Team. (Old 24) x

V. Implementation Phase

 
20. Design teams create building-level processes for evolving as close as possible to their ideal designs. Leadership Team supports and monitors the design teams. (Old 18, 20, 21, 22, and 23) x
21. Carry out implementation plans, formative evaluations, and revisions of the evolving designs and the implementation processes. (Old 26) x
22. Periodically evolve the ideal designs (building-level and district-level). (Old 26) x

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