Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

There can be no rest in the process of change. Innovation does not take a break; therefore, neither can those attempting to stay on pace with the innovations and changes in their field. While it is important to recognize success, it is more important to stay hungry and maintain sights on the top of the never-ending staircase. Complacency will result in stagnation of yourself and, possibly, your organization. Agents of change continue to grow their learning networks, revise the projects created, and develop new projects that they share throughout their learning networks. As an agent of change, I must continue to use all modes of communication, digital and traditional, to reinforce my practices and allow others to learn from my victories and failures. Through the use of an eportfolio, I can share reading materials, videos, lessons, and projects that my colleagues can analyze and evaluate. Collaboration between myself and my colleagues will result in the synthesis of my ideas with their ideas to create new material that transforms our organization for the betterment of every member.

The continuation of my plan for my organization will take multiple years. The problems I have recognized, attendance and student engagement, are not problems that can be fixed in a short span of time. These are problems with the culture of the school. Culture is not easily transform or maintained. Results will only be seen organization-wide once the entire organization buys in. My proposal to implement the station rotation model, learning eportfolios, and a fusion pedagogy is a heavy hand to deal. Starting in the 2016-2017 school year, I will start implementing the station rotation model and the learning eportfolios in my classroom as a pilot. Students will create their own learning portfolio through WordPress and then use their site to display evidence of their learning, revise assignments, and communicate with peers to develop deeper understandings of the content they are exploring. I will also be using time given to teachers for collaboration to introduce my methods to the other teachers in the ELA department. This will result in department-wide implementation of the eportfolio in the 2017-2018 year. Teachers will be encouraged to join in using the station rotation model under the assumption that results are hard to ignore and teachers will gravitate toward a model that has been proven successful within their clientele. A timeline of the proposed implementations will help develop the scale of this impact. My role in this change is more than testing and introducing the blended model and the learning eportfolio. I must constantly communicate new readings, case studies, and relevant data throughout my organization. With the help of my assistant principal, I will develop the credibility needed to sway even the most “set-in-their-ways” teachers to acknowledge and attempt new practices that will develop the positive school culture desired by each member of the organization.

The search for new knowledge is part of the “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” attitude that must be adhered to in order to be an agent of change. Two books I will be reading to reinforce my understanding of blended learning are “Navigating the Digital Shift: Implementation Strategies for Blended and Online Learning” by John Bailey and Carri Schneider and “Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator” by Dave Burgess. I will continue to participate in my online learning network. I will also be attending a conference that will provide me the opportunity to learn about innovations within my district and network with similar minded agents of change in my district. Heraclitus said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” This concept is vital to understand when attempting to create positive innovations within an organization. Complacency must always be seen as the enemy, and the can’t stop, won’t attitude will take over and bring your innovations to life.