many stakeholders as possible should be involved. The
stakeholders collectively should have ownership over both the
change process and the changes that are decided upon. The
change process should focus on student learning and development;
all changes should be designed with that in mind. The
change process is first and foremost a process of helping people
to evolve and deepen their thinking about education-to help
them evolve their mental models about education (Senge) and
to thereby evolve the culture of their schools (Fullan).
process should encourage all participants to think in the ideal,
then develop a strategic plan for evolving as close as possible
to that ideal.
Decatur has published and adopted a Framework of Beliefs which includes the Vision, Mission and Beliefs that will guide newly formed Design Teams as they go about the work of creating new schools that will be aligned with the Beliefs. (Acrobat Reader required to read all .pdf files).
2005-2006 school year: all schools were considering the results of a web survey. Feedback from the survey should help schools decide the kinds of activities that will become a first step towards achieving their vision of a better school.
2006-2007 school year: The Decatur Leadership Team has engaged in careful consideration of a revised protocol called the School System Transformation Protocol, or SST. This protocol details the steps required for moving from an Industrial Age paradigm to an Information Age paradigm. Decatur Township Schools have appointed an Assistant Superintendent of Reinvention, and are busy customizing the SST to the district's unique requirements. The 2007-2008 School year promises to be an exciting milestone in the Decatur Project!
2007-2008 school year: Decatur Township Schools will engage in a district-wide effort to engage in conversations about systemic transformation (through Professional Learning Communities) using materials to stimulate thinking. If you would like to join in the conversation, here is the list of reading selections and videos we will be using.