It's not always easy to move new ideas for teaching and learning from theory to practice, but a new theory offers a framework to help education leaders foster support among teachers for new initiatives.

Many school initiatives fail because education leaders "thrust new programs into classrooms in a top-down manner and compel teachers to change their practices to keep up with the new program," according to research from the Clayton Christensen Institute.

"Lackluster results then follow because the initiatives never account for the goals, struggles, and day-to-day priorities of the professional educators charged with faithful implementation," write authors Thomas...

Subscribe to Read More

Are You an Educator?

Get Free online access to all our news and resources


  • About the Author:

    Laura Ascione

    Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura