In my recent post, I spoke about the implementation of an innovative statewide technology resource teacher program in Virginia. Paul McMahon then wrote me, thanking me for the blog post but stating that he’d “not seen a single blog post that would indicated systemic change in any school present from Hong Kong. (#hksummit)
Hmmm… Paul. I don’t know if I have it in me tonight to write fully to the point you have, but I would come to a bit of defense for the very, very few administrators who attended the summit a week ago. Let’s examine our reality.
1. I am not sure you have noticed, but the world is in a bit of downturn and we are facing some tremendous pressure to keep our costs to a minimum. The mere idea of “innovating” is difficult to sell to our increasing conservative clients.
2. Most, if not all of the admin attending the summit work in schools already moving down the path of innovation and sustainable implementation. Can they explain in depth what they are doing? Probably not, and thus my last blog post.
3. Let’s not forget that a blog post is a rare way for administrators to communicate today. I am a rare bird (in more ways than one) and most of my colleagues don’t sit on the couch on a Sunday evening and rap out a blog post for their own reflection. Many administrators show thought leadership in many other ways including the weekly memos that STILL end up in the teacher’s mailboxes on Monday AM.
I still feel that in order to make educational change, all members of the school community need to be supported through the process. This includes administrators. I can guarantee you that the good admin out there appreciate the support and I can also guarantee you that the admin that attended the HKsummit left empowered and filled with ideas. Change takes time. Change takes bravery. Change takes guts. Change takes focus. How much of each of these things depends on the time and place.
My colleagues… continue to look for support and Paul… keep urging us all on.
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