One of the greatest lessons my 30 years of experience in education has taught me is that teacher buy-in is, sometimes, overrated.
There, I said it.
Now, before you stop reading, note my use of the word “sometimes.” As a former school administrator, I realize there is a time and place for buy-in. However, as one of my mentors, a seasoned middle school principal once explained to me, while consensus and collaborative decision-making is important, it can also be paralyzing to innovation. Understanding the balance between growing buy-in and launching innovation has never been more important than in today’s era.
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