MSD Decatur's "Journey toward Excellence" entails all
stakeholders in the community:
the need for change,
consensus on a framework for change (including the values that
will underlie their schools and an "ideal" vision based
on those values),
- designing "ideal" new schools that fit within the framework, and
out how to evolve their current schools as close as possible to
their ideal designs.
an overview of the GSTE process through a PowerPoint slide show.
Dr. Charles Reigeluth delivered this address to the AERA Annual
Meeting of 2004 in San Diego, CA, on Friday, May 16.
(Note: You must click the mouse to progress from slide to slide
using this PPS show)
as many stakeholders as possible involved.
stakeholders ownership over both the change process and the changes
that are decided upon.
on student learning and development; all changes should be designed
with that in mind.
the entire community evolve and deepen their thinking about education.
all participants to think in the ideal, then develop a strategic
plan for evolving as close as possible to that ideal.
logic of the change process, which has evolved through several
change efforts, centers around the creation of a vision of Decatur's
future educational system. If that vision is developed by, and owned
by, a large number of stakeholders, the change process will be successful.
The challenge is how to develop a shared vision.
visions about education are based on their beliefs (or values, or
philosophies, or ideals) about education. Thus, to arrive at a shared
vision, they must first arrive at a set of common beliefs about
education. As Senge and Fullan have indicated, mental models and
culture are the foundation for any fundamental changes in education.
Hence, much of the change process is concerned with engaging stakeholders
in dialogue with each other to understand why others believe what
they do, and through that understanding to evolve their own beliefs,
mental models, and school culture.