A Teacher's Guide to Change
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A Teacher's Guide to Change
Understanding, Navigating, and Leading the Process



© 2009 | 176 pages | Corwin

"Coping with change is perhaps the most fundamental aspect of life and certainly critical for successful teaching. This book provides an essential guide to how teachers might successfully address the ongoing and expected change associated with effective teaching."
—Sharon Vaughn, H. E. Hartfelder/Southland Corp Regents Chair
University of Texas

"Perhaps no other job in our society today experiences as much change as classroom teaching. Stivers and Cramer are two experts with tremendous insight and experience in both the theoretical and practical dimensions of personal, organizational, and systemwide change. Heartwarming, insightful stories explore how dozens of teachers overcome the challenges of living and leading through change every day, blended with rock-solid theory and extensive research on how to live through change successfully."
—Chris Edgelow, Founder and President
Sundance Consulting Inc.

Energize your learning community by transforming change into opportunity!

Throughout their careers, teachers will face a myriad of inevitable changes, both inside and outside the classroom. Ideal for use both in professional development settings and as a personal resource, A Teacher's Guide to Change engages K–12 teachers in the process of anticipating and responding to change. Through a step-by-step approach, teachers can learn to prepare for change, which enhances their career satisfaction and effectiveness as professionals.

Emphasizing that change is something teachers can understand, manage, become invested in, and even champion, the authors provide practical skills for facing and adjusting to change, whether it is mandated or chosen. Offering a wealth of conceptual, reflective, interpersonal, and strategic tools, this guide also includes:

  • Survey results from more than 100 teachers who share not only their experiences with change but also advice and encouragement, inviting educators to learn from each other
  • Reflective exercises to help teachers understand and approach change
  • A five-step process for initiating and implementing plans for change
  • Systematic strategies for leading change, both in smaller and larger spheres of influence
  • Vivid school-based examples that can be directly applied to personal experience

This accessible resource is invaluable for all teachers. Whether or not change is voluntary, opportunities for professional growth are abundant, leading to improved student learning and greater teacher retention.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. Experiencing Change
 
1. Introducing the Challenges of Change for Teachers
 
2. What Changes? Experiencing Change at School and at Home
Changes at School  
New Administration  
New Teaching Positions  
New Locations  
New Colleagues  
Professional Development  
Professional Recognition  
Changes in Life at Home  
Illness  
Loss  
Changes in Relationships and Responsibilities  
Parenting  
Connecting Our Professional and Personal Changes to the Change That Matters Most  
 
3. Defining the Dynamics of Change for Teachers
Voluntary or Mandated  
Top-Down or Bottom-Up  
Incremental or Fundamental  
 
Part II. Understanding the Change Process
 
4. First Encounters With Change
Responding to Innovation  
Innovations in Educational Practices  
Categorizing Responsiveness to Innovation  
Understanding Resistance to Change  
Resistance We Should Resolve  
Failure to Be Convinced  
Habit  
Fear of Loss  
Fear of Failure  
Negative Experiences  
Resistance We Should Respect  
Pragmatic Concerns  
Philosophical Disagreements  
Analyzing One Teacher's Resistance to Change  
 
5. Charting the Stages of Change
Teachers' Concerns Evolve During the Change Process  
Stages of Concern  
Self Concerns  
Task Concerns  
Impact Concerns  
Change Occurs in Phases  
An Overview of the Change Process  
Endings: Recognizing That a Change Is Needed  
The Neutral Zone: Preparing to Change  
New Beginnings: Moving Ahead With Change  
 
Part III. Implementing Change
 
6. Using Personal Experiences to Prepare for Professional Changes
Drawing on Personal Experiences  
Four Steps for Starting a Professional Change Initiative  
Step One: Identify Aspirations  
Step Two: Inventory Resources  
Step Three: Link Aspirations and Resources  
Step Four: Anticipate Obstacles  
 
7. Teacher-Directed Change: Working Within the Classroom
Implementing, Evaluating, and Celebrating Self-Directed Change  
Step One: Aim High But Start Small  
Step Two: Build a Timeline  
Step Three: Monitor Both Progress and Outlook  
Step Four: Celebrate Small Victories  
Step Five: Shift Strategies to Make Adjustments  
Step Six: Sustain Commitment  
 
Part IV. Leading Change
 
8. Teacher-Led Change: Expanding Beyond the Classroom
Characteristics of Change Leaders  
Spheres of Influence  
Curriculum Development  
Cocurricular and Extracurricular Programming  
Outreach to Families and the Community  
Professional Development for Teachers  
Education Policy  
 
9. Using Classroom-Based Skills to Lead Change
 
Part V. Changing Throughout a Career in Teaching
Inspiring Others to Accomplish Change: Mind-Set and Skills  
Making Use of Teaching Skills to Lead Change  
Communicate Clearly and Regularly  
Motivate People to Take Risks and Accept Challenges  
Be Proactive in Problem Solving  
Making Use of Teaching Skills to Sustain Change  
Check on Progress  
Provide Continuous Assistance  
Remember What Matters Most  
 
10. Sustaining Career Vitality Through Change
The Early Years: Gaining a Sense of Ourselves as Teachers  
The Middle Years: Making the Transition From Mentee to Mentor  
The Later Years: Expanding Our Roles  
Looking to the Future  
 
Appendix A. Survey Items and Responses
 
Appendix B. Interview Questions
 
Appendix C. Professional Organizations for Teachers
 
References
 
Index

"A must-have book for teachers at every stage of their teaching career. Change in schools is inevitable. This book will help teachers deal with change and allow them to do what they do best: provide a great education for students."

Sharon Redfern, Principal
Highland Park Elementary School, Lewistown, MT

"Coping with change is perhaps the most fundamental aspect of life and certainly critical for successful teaching. Stivers and Cramer provide an essential guide to how teachers might successfully address the ongoing and expected change associated with effective teaching."

Sharon Vaughn, H.E.Hartfelder/Southland Corp Regents Chair
University of Texas

"Perhaps no other job in our society today experiences as much change as classroom teaching. Stivers and Cramer are two experts with tremendous insight and experience in both the theoretical and practical dimensions of personal, organizational, and systemwide change. Heartwarming, insightful stories explore how dozens of teachers overcome the challenges of living and leading through change every day, blended with rock-solid theory and extensive research on how to live through change successfully."

Chris Edgelow, Founder and President
Sundance Consulting Inc.

"Teachers must learn to cope with the myriad of changes they experience throughout their career or they will leave the profession. This book gives a step-by-step approach for teachers to think about, plan for, and implement changes in their personal lives, their schools, and in their communities."

Barbara Glaeser, Associate Professor of Special Education
California State University, Fullerton

"How we react to and enact change determines whether we are leaders of our own careers and professional development or merely workers. This book provides the research and information for teachers to embrace change individually or as teacher leaders and teacher mentors. Skip the apple and go for the book!"

Karen Kozy-Landress, Speech/Language Pathologist
Brevard County Schools, Merritt Island, FL
Key features
  • Vignettes featuring teachers who relate their anxiety and elation over changes and how they were able to adapt
  • A reflection feature interwoven throughout the guide enabling readers to critically think how educators can personally implement change
  • Reproducibles and charts to assist teachers in understanding and implementing change
  • Responses from teachers in the field about obstacles they have faced and the advice or strategies they would offer from their experiences

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