New Era IT appreciates today’s educational environment, the pressures schools are under and the importance for schools to manage change effectively.
Schools today find themselves in a complex rapidly changing world. We live in a global village where change anywhere can have a global impact. The sheer quantity of changes is increasing, and changes are happening more frequently and faster than ever before. In this world ever increasing demands are being placed on schools. To add to the complexity there are pressures from without and within education for schools on the one hand to integrate technology into learning and teaching and on the other to get back to basics; to be more creative and yet be more accountable; and to deal with change and to implement change.
Schools today need to be agile organizations and they need agile leaders with agile skills. Change management is a must for today’s schools and change management skills are a must for today’s principal. Although change impacts on everyone in the school it is the senior management and namely the principal who must manage change on two fronts:
Schools and their leaders approach the impact of external change on the school differently. Two opposing views of this change are depicted below:
Although some schools may sit in between (often adopting a wait and see attitude) school leaders will view change either negatively, as something they have little control over and have to react to; or positively, as something they can use to their advantage and be proactive about. In our experience the latter understand change management while the former are yet to appreciate change management.
New Era IT’s Pathways provides schools with the ideal change management framework and toolset for dealing successfully with external change.
Vision and strategic analysis are important for shaping the future but change management is critical to making it a reality.
Change management entails thoughtful planning and sensitive implementation. As Spady (1994) points out people don’t change unless:
(Spady, W.G. (1994) Outcome-Based education: Critical Issues and Answers.)
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New Era IT’s Pathways provides schools with the ideal change management framework and toolset for successfully implementing change.
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