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The Human Side of Changing Education

How to Lead Change With Clarity, Conviction, and Courage
First Edition
By: Julie M. Wilson

Foreword by Arthur Levine

Learn to make sense of challenging change journeys and accelerate implementation with this practical framework that includes human-centered tools, resources and mini case studies.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506398532
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2018
  • Page Count: 152
  • Publication date: April 18, 2018

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Make change humanly possible

Today’s schools know they must make problem solving, collaboration, self-directed learning and creativity an integral part of the school’s DNA, but they don’t always know how.

When we ask schools to change, we are asking human beings to change. This requires special tools and a human-centered approach. In The Human Side of Changing Education, leaders will learn to make sense of their challenging change journeys and accelerate effective implementation. With this practical framework that includes human-centered tools, resources and mini case studies, readers will learn to navigate and succeed on their unique path of change.

  • Understand why resistance is to be expected and how to get through it.
  • Discover three different kinds of change strategies and when to use which one
  • Learn how to use the “messy middle” of change, where real transformation happens

Change the heart of the system by enabling the hearts and minds of those who make schools work.

"Julie Wilson is both a visionary and a pragmatist. Her book is a wonderfully clear and concise guide for leaders who seek to navigate the road to educational transformation."
Tony Wagner, Author
The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators

"If you want to understand what it takes to create innovative and lasting change, then forge ahead with The Human Side of Changing Education, and bravely create your own hero's journey. This is a valuable guide, with practical advice and real-life examples to support you in this very complicated and challenging work."
Ann Koufman-Frederick, Chief Academic Officer
LearnLaunch Institute, MAPLE

"If everyone working in U.S. K-12 education were to read this book and put even half of its thinking into practice, we would be well on our way to a far better society. It is timely, visionary, and relentlessly practical – a rare combination. Discover what our future could look like if enough of us dare to make it happen."
Andy Calkins, Director
Next Generation Learning Challenges at EDUCAUSE

Key features

This book is all about how to affect the human side of change to convince educators that change is doable and necessary.


· A downloadable roadmap

· Key points summarized at the end of each chapter

· Questions for reflection and action at the end of each chapter

· A list of free resources, tools, and useful websites

· Mini case-studies

· Dialog excerpts with change practitioners

· Graphic illustrations that distill key content in an engaging way

· A ‘human-centered’ change checklist



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Julie M. Wilson

Julie M. Wilson is a coach and advisor to school leaders, educational institutions, and foundations whose mission is to shape the future of K-12 education. She has over 15 years experience building effective learning environments that unlock human potential and enable organizational culture to adapt and grow during times of change.

She is the Founder and Executive Director of Institute for the Future of Learning, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping transform the factory model of education. Projects include working with school leadership and teacher teams to reimagine curriculum and pedagogy, researching the current state of the K-12 transformational landscape, and coaching school and district leaders. Julie has worked with a diverse range of clients including public schools, independent schools, public charter schools, and educational philanthropic organizations.

In addition to helping schools and communities lead sustainable change, Julie highlights great practice and shares reflections on curriculum, pedagogy, and change at www.the-IFL.org. Speaking engagements include TEDx, fuse, the Center for Transformational Leadership, and the Ideas in Education Festival. Julie graduated from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education with a Master’s degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education, and a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration and French from Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. During her time as a staff member at Harvard, Julie was the recipient of the ‘Harvard Hero’ award for outstanding contributions to the University.

Connect with Julie via twitter @juliemargretta or via email: jwilson@the-IFL.org

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Arthur Levine


About the Author


Becoming Agents of Our Own Learning

Schools That Support Human Development

The Core of Change Is Learning

Change Is a Developmental Task


A Rising Tide of Consensus

Worthy Skill 1: Self-Directed Learning

Worthy Skill 2: Creativity and Innovation

Worthy Skill 3: Planning, Adaptability, and Agility

Worthy Skill 4: Strengths Awareness and Application

Worthy Skill 5: Self-Efficacy

Worthy Skill 6: Global Citizenship

Worthy Skill 7: Relationship Building

Worthy Skill 8: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Key Points

Questions for Reflection and Action


The Pedagogy Needs to Reflect the Outcomes We Seek

Changing Pedagogy Changes Your Culture

Moving From the Industrial Educational Model to a Postindustrial Model

What Kind of Change Is It?

Differentiating Your Approach

Key Points

Questions for Reflection and Action


Success Factor 1: Sustained Leadership and a Visionary School Board

Success Factor 2: A Shared Vision of the Change

Success Factor 3: Unleashing Talent and Building Teams

Success Factor 4: Rethinking the Use of Time and Space

Success Factor 5: Overhauling the Assessment Structure of Learning and School Performance

Leading Transformative Change Requires Adult Development

From Socialized Minds to Self-Authoring Minds

Moving Away From the Patriarchal Model of Education

Key Points

Questions for Reflection and Action


Success Factors in Action

Strategy 1: Your Learning History

Strategy 2: The Future: Where Would You Like to Go?

Strategy 3: Building Organizational Change Capacity

Strategy 4: Helping Others Through Change—The Power of Development

Strategy 5: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint—Leading Through the Uncertainty of Change

Strategy 6: Building Effective Teams

Strategy 7: It Could Be a Library or . . .

Strategy 8: Measuring What We Value

Key Points

Questions for Reflection and Action


When You Are or Are Not in Charge

The Hero’s Journey

Stages of the Hero’s Journey

The Hero’s Journey of Real People Like You

Key Points

Questions for Reflection and Action


Getting Clear on Your “Why” and Taking Action

Summary Questions for Reflection and Action


Organizational Change Capacity Questionnaire

Individual Development Plan

The Strengths-Based Conversation





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