Rick Pierce of Rising Sun Consultants and Andy Torris from Shanghai American School joined David and Jeff for tonight’s show.

Essential Question

What Stalls the Shift?

Take away from the discussion>

-We need to differentiate between “change” and the “transition” that follows. Administrators need to allocate much more time for the transition. Need to validate the emotions of community members as they go through the transition. Need lots of support and guidance that takes planning just as one plans the change.
-Leaders as visionaries while also working to serve the teachers, students and community. Servant leadership. Managers who craft programs and follow through.
-Even with lots of energy and time for transition, there will be some “anchors” who are stalling the shifted and must be transitioned out with grace and dignity.
-How to start the change? Form a leadership team of admin and teachers, determine what you want to do and where you are going. Set the vision.
-Have to set priorities. How to deal with all the different community members with their varying priorities? What guides you in deciding what comes first? Leadership means sticking with the carefully decided priorities which are guided by your mission and student learning goals.
-What happens after the delegation of responsibilities? Administrators need to let go but be very clear in guidance and expectations being ready to accept the work of the follow up teams.

Blog Posts of the Week:

Jeff: LeaderTalk Learning 2.008 Bring your administrators and board members to the conference!
David: 10 Principles for Principals by Ryan Bretag. Adapting to Change by Will Richardson.
Rick: Leading the Shift Leading and Managing Change
Andy: PD Success Story Who is Interviewing Whom? Rising Sun Book Review’s on Change Management

Sign Off:

* Next show will be the start of season two  as we pick up in September from Bangkok, Thailand from Jeff’s new abode. David continues to shift along from Hsinchu, Taiwan.
* We will be expand on previous discussions of teacher practitioners sharing practical methods to shift our schools starting from our classrooms. We will continue other discussions connected to the big picture process of shifting our schools.
* Don’t forget to post Web sites/blogs to the SOS bookmarking site that support our upcoming EQ.

David Carpenter

I live and work in Asia as an international educator. My focus is on designing instruction and assessments that lead to real understanding and learning by our students.

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  • Hey Jeff and David,

    Thanks for the comments on Thursday evening. I thought that I should write a brief post to explain why I was suggesting to Andy that moving to a supportive school was not such an easy task. They are quite hard to find, especially if you are tied to a city as your spouse is not a teacher. (Quite common in Hong Kong.)

    Posted a few words under Not all International Schools are the Same

    Best wishes to all and especially hoping the relocation goes smoothly for you Jeff.

    I look forward to seeing you both in Shanghai in September.


  • Guys,

    This is a podcast every aspiring administrator should hear. Change is such a common philosophy in education but the system lacks the training to support it. Thank you for the great conversation!

  • Hi Michael,

    I see that you are in Maine. I am in South China for the month of July loving the fresh air and time on the lake. Thanks for your support. We will continue the conversation starting in September.

  • I really enjoy this podcast. I have been listening to your podcast for about a month and I always feel myself saying yes, yes! I am teaching at one of those virtual schools that you mentioned in your podcast today and it is amazing the amount of students that are enrolling in our school. I work in Oregon and the school I teach for is Connections Academy. Our school has grown from about 400 students to 2,600 students in about 4 years. It is pretty amazing how many people are moving to the virtual school model.

    After listening to your podcast and researching through other podcasts and blogs I found that even though we do a great job of technology in some respects we are still behind. We do not use any pieces of technology that are associated with the term web 2.0. I recently e-mailed my principal and told him ways we could use web 2.0ish technology in our classrooms… well virtual classrooms. I am still waiting for a reply but other teachers are ready to join in.

    Another thing that I wanted to comment on is the teacher education programs. I taught in Korea as an ESL teacher for years and I came back and went though a masters program last year. During the program, when it came to technology and using it in the classroom there was only one other student besides myself that actually utilized technology for purposes of teaching. I also was the resident guru in the school where I student taught. When I went through the program I put together a podcast where students could listen and read with books on an iPod (an audio book via podcast). All of the teachers were amazed but they wouldn’t try it in their own classrooms because of the time involved. All this to say I don’t think that we are doing a very good job of getting student teachers to use technology in the classroom besides learning the office tools. During my program the only student teachers who using technology were the ones that were interested in technology (and that was very few student teachers k-high school) the rest of the student teachers could hardly start a VCR.