Five Steps for Successful Change
What We’re Trying to (Hopefully) Make Lasting Change
by Third Eye Education, consolidated by Heather M. F. Lyke
A few years ago, my parents made a request: they wanted to celebrate their 50th anniversary not with a large party but with a family vacation. They wanted all three of their children along with each of their spouses, and their four grandchildren, to settle on one place to travel to together--much like the original five in the clan had done decades before with road trips to Michigan, Duluth, and Niagara Falls.
It took us two years to agree on what that vacation would look like and where it would take place.
One common struggle with any organization--education-based, familial, or otherwise--is to get the collective whole on board when there is a new initiative or a looming shift. This was one of the key items discussed by Third Eye Education's core collaborators this January. Together, we ended up creating a simple checklist to help us all move forward as we navigate future changes in each of our districts and organizations.
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For our family, we ultimately took that vacation: four flew, six drove, and two took the train but no matter how we got there, ultimately there were breakfast gatherings and family dinners, water slides and soaks in the hot springs, whitewater rafting and browsing in local shops. In the end, there was a celebration of my parents having spent 50 years together and a celebration of our growing family. It was a vacation I am certain none of us will forget.
In the workplace, you’ll not likely all take a vacation together, but there are other ways to celebrate success. Pine Island commonly has large picnics offsite to celebrate the completion of a large initiative. Dover-Eyota loves doughnuts and delivers them to the classrooms of those who helped make greatness happen. From drawings to doughnuts, from meals to a morning coffee run there are many ways to celebrate a collective win.
We at Third Eye Education hope these five steps help you navigate your next big move. I know I’m certainly going to use these tips the next time we plan a collaborative, multi-family vacation.
Third Eye Education is a cohort of midwestern educational leaders seeking and sharing insight from educators, districts, & learner-focused communities.
Heather M. F. Lyke is the Teaching & Learning Specialist for Dover-Eyota Schools and author of numerous articles focusing on quality education.
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