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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

Readings for the Leadership Team

The workshop described here is designed to enable new participants to the Decatur Change Process to get up to speed. Note that all readings have been highlighted to point out critical information. It should also be noted that when printed, these highlights will print in gray on a typical Black and White standard printer. The event with which these readings are offered is listed below:

(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)

Currently engaged in this stage

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Workshop: Catching up with Systemic Change in Decatur
Time Activity

80 minutes

1. Understanding what systemic change is and why it is needed

Interactive presentation

*** Waves of societal change
*** Key markers (information vs. industrial age). Results of community forums reinforce this
*** Sorting vs. learning focused paradigm
*** New leadership paradigm - your role/opportunity

Readings and discussion:
1.1 - Senge STL, Industrial-age heritage of schools, pp.29-32
.......... Why systemic change is possible now, pp.50-51
.......... Three levels of systems in public schools, p.11

1.2 - Caine & Caine, Four Guiding Ideas, pp.10-11
.......... Brain learning principles, pp.18-19
.......... Three instructional approaches, pp.24-26

1.3 - Duffy, Rogerson, & Blick, the need for systemic change, vx-vxii

90 minutes

2. Understanding systems

2.1 Senge Schools That Learn (STL), Learning organization and the 5 disciplines, pp.7-8
.......... Mental models, ladder of inference, pp. 66-71
.......... Shared vision, pp.71-73
.......... Team learning, dialogue, pp.73-77
.......... Systems thinking, the iceberg, pp.77-83
Senge 5th, 11 laws of systems thinking, No reading, I list laws (Ch. 4)
Senge STL, New paradigm of leadership, Principal Do-right, pp. 7-8, 66-78, 80-83

90 minutes

3. Understanding the systemic change process

3.1 Duffy, Four phases of KWS, pp. 5-8
.......... Five key players of KWS, pp. 8-9
.......... 11 propositions of KWS, pp.10-12

3.2 Transformational leadership, strategic, team tactical, self pp.187-193
.......... Leadership stages, pp.193-199
Schlechty's time allows

60 minutes

4. What has happened so far (history)
*** Core values of the change process (discuss Values handout)
*** Key events/stages (discuss Milestones handout)

Next steps in the process
*** Further develop Leadership (LT) culture and understanding
*** LT develops a district-wide framework with all stakeholders
*** LT forms/capacitates school teams, district team
*** Build central office support (Schlechty)
*** Teams create designs with all their stakeholders
*** Everyone implements designs

Facilitation Team (FT) Roles and responsibilities
*** Help plan activities and "big picture" process
*** Facilitate discussions
*** Develop culture and understanding of systems thinking on LT
*** Empower LT members

LT Roles and responsibilities
*** Help plan activities and "big picture"
*** Create district-wide framework
*** Charge/capacitate design teams
*** Foster support mechanisms
*** Monitor teams' designs
*** Help reallocate and procure resources

  5. Learner centered paradigm of instruction
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