These are just the beginning of the questions that those responsible for this change will need to know and be able to answer, but often this isn’t the reality. Everyone involved in the leadership around this change should know how to answer these questions.
But what if I don’t get to choose the initiative and I am still responsible for the rollout?
If the state has determined that your school is going to use proficiency-based grades, or your school board has decided the focus this year is on math and you need to roll out the new math curriculum and you didn’t have a say, you still have a responsibility to see where this decision came from and to understand its origins.
While it might be that no one sought your advice or input and now it is an emergency for you and your colleagues, it still is something to research, understand, and implement. Why? Because your colleagues will look to you as the person to thread the needle for them; to articulate where this challenge came from and how this initiative will be a part of the solution.
And while you work toward being in a sphere of influence so that next time something is rolled out your input might be asked for ahead of time, understanding the framing of this challenge will help shape the communication and implementation plan for this initiative going forward. You have the responsibility as a leader to know what challenge this initiative is solving and to communicate this thinking to your colleagues. Are you ready?
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