The Power of With
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"Why isn't this initiative working out?" That's a question that I've encountered many a time in my career. I can remember so many times that I began a project or initiative with a simple hope--that people would see what was being done, what the goal was, and support the initiative. In many cases, that was true. After all, I have the good fortune to work with many dedicated educators, people who are committed to success of initiatives that benefit their work and, perhaps more importantly, students.
I still remember when I saw the Factors for Sustained Institutionalization of Schoolwide Initiatives. It was a shock. I felt like a failure, which isn't a good feeling to have when you've stepped into middle-age. The feeling soon faded because I now had a way of planning new initiatives.
Then, as other projects arose, I promptly set the chart aside. Fortunately, I had left a copy in my iPad and while cleaning out my 64gig iPad 3rd gen, I found it nestled between pictures of my family. I trimmed my photo collection, leaving the chart in place. I've resolved to review it again and again until no initiative I do will happen without considering how to institutionalize change.
The Power of With. If you have a vision WITH school improvement plan WITH Skills WITH...well, you get the idea. Leave out any critical component, then you are destined for the consequence.
With vision, you achieve clarity.
With School Improvement Plan, you move forward and make progress.
With skill development, you achieve confidence.
With ample resources, you achieve satisfaction.
With motivation for yourself and others...etc.
When you launch a new initiative, do you consider all these factors?
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