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Built to Last

The School Leader's Guide for Sustaining Change While Managing Resistance
By: Michael Murphy

Foreword by Carol Ann Tomlinson

This practical, thoughtful book walks readers through the what, how, and why of holistic change architecture, and how to move teams toward enduring changes that will last

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544387451
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 208
  • Publication date: September 03, 2020

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Building change for the long game

It’s natural to resist change – but when we fundamentally commit to putting our students first, we must also commit to make lasting changes in current practice. Can we lead individuals and school teams to embrace strategic effort and lasting growth despite challenging circumstances and inevitable resistance?

For school leaders willing to change their behavior on behalf of their teams, the answer is Yes! This practical, thoughtful book builds on what we already know about change, invites reflection, and provides guidance to develop changes that will last. Readers will learn to:

  • Organize and create conditions in which staff and students flourish
  • Focus on phases of change and address the critical leadership practices that will simultaneously move change forward and address the kinds of resistance that may appear
  • Apply two long-term stories of district change to their own particular contexts, so they can avoid mistakes and focus on strategies that work
  • Create their own relationship-rich, personalized path for leading and managing change

We can build more reliable and effective changes in schools by ensuring steady progress over time. Dig into this informative book to discover the what, how, and why of a holistic change architecture to move your teams toward impactful changes that will stand the test of time.



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Michael Murphy

Dr. Michael Murphy is a national leadership coach, trainer, planning facilitator, and consultant. Even though he is a native Texan, he is now delighted to live in the Boston, Massachusetts area so he can be close to some of his family. He draws from 43 years of educational experience in urban, suburban, and rural school district settings as he trains and works with instructional coaches, teacher leaders, school leaders, and district leaders both internationally and across North America. Much of Michael’s work supports school and district leaders in planning and implementing large-scale improvement initiatives, differentiated instructional practices, the design and implementation of instructional coaching systems, visioning, understanding change and its effect on people, evaluating school improvement progress, designing exceptional professional learning, and facilitating learning in how to engage people in productive, relationship-rich, results-based conversations. Since 2009, he has consulted with varieties of school leaders in 19 states and two Canadian provinces and has presented in numerous state, national, and international symposia and conferences.

Michael’s personal public-school experiences include his work as teacher, elementary specialist, assistant principal, principal, director of planning and evaluation, special assistant to the superintendent, assistant superintendent, and acting superintendent, all in several Dallas-Ft. Worth area (TX) school districts. He holds a bachelor of fine arts degree and a master’s degree in elementary education from Texas Tech University and a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Texas. He has published numerous articles for national and international journals and is a contributing author or lead author for six educational books in the last ten years.

Michael lives with his wife and enjoys numerous interests when not coaching, training, or consulting. These interests include the production of various forms of art media, golf, working out, travel, and being with his family. Michael can be reached at mmurphy170@gmail.com.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Author


The Reality

The Good News

What This Book Will Not Be

A Peek Inside

Chapter 1: Build It for the Long Haul

Nourish Change for a Long Life

Lead With a Deep Knowledge of Each Phase of Long-Term Change

Lead With a “People-Sensitive Mindset” of How the Change Efforts Will Play Out

A Snapshot of Our Two School Districts Attempting Change

Chapter 2: Giving Initiation the Attention It Deserves

Take the Time to Start the Right Way

Leadership Essential Actions During Initiation

The Leaders of Our Two School Districts Initiate the Work

Chapter 3: Troubleshooting Implementation Over Time

Lead for the Long Term and Expect to See a Range of Quality in the Change

Leadership Essential Actions During Implementation

The Leaders of Our Two Districts Implement their Work

Chapter 4: Ensuring Permanence

Don’t Think the Work Is Over!

Leadership Essential Actions During Institutionalization

Our Two School Districts and the Attempts to Institutionalize the Work

Chapter 5: Anticipating Some Pushback

Accept and Appreciate That Resistance Will Happen at Some Point in the Change

Realize the Complexities of Resistance and Why It Triggers Strong Emotions in Us

Our Two School Districts and the Attempts to Manage the Resistance

Chapter 6: Strategies for Understanding and Managing the Pushback

Embrace the Unpleasantness, but Embrace It Calmly and Strategically

Chapter 7: Productive Talk About the Change

Effective Conversations Are Your Most Powerful Tools for Learning and Change

The What

The What Combined With the How

Our Two School Districts and their Attempts to have Productive Talk About the Change

Chapter 8: Finding the Moments



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