1. Thank you for sharing some of those quotes, the one that really struck me was:

    “…my role is to be the force of change vs. having change forced on me.” Carrie Daniels

    That quote for some reason just really motivates me, exactly what I needed heading back from Thanksgiving break!

  2. Jackie O'Bright

    Very thoughtful comments here. It was a good read, George. I think systematic change needs to be big picture, with a long term goal in mind, like "let's reduce bullying". If teachers are interested or if we can make them interested with a good hook in, they will come up with how to do it. Some may want to start a students helping students group for recesses, another may want to plan an assembly, and another may want to make a few video announcements to demonstrate to students how to stop being a bystander and a victim of bullying. I think teachers/people need to be interested and empowered/valued to act on this interest. As mentioned in some of the other responses, the keys are interest and recognition of a need for change, knowledge about themselves and the time and ability to act on the need for change. …now what about the people who show no interest in any type of change? They are another can of worms… 🙂

  3. It really comes back to what Edna said, and what I think we all believe…we need to know the why. Change for the sake of change is not what we should be working towards. When we understand (the public included) WHY we need to change education, and WHY we are making these changes now, people will believe in the cause. They will begin to believe in education again.

    Sadly though, we are seeing a lot of changes coming from a lot of conflicting directions. How do deal with that? What "change" do we get behind and what "change" will really bring about meaningful and lasting reform?

    I appreciate this conversation. But like Dean said, change comes from within. We have to change our own views and practices first. Show that they make a positive and meaningful difference. Others will follow. Blogs like this, educators like George (and countless others), and this kind of thoughtful debate will help facilitate that change. Chin up. We are all engaged in a worthy cause.

  4. Thank you for sharing all of these, once again feeling an overwhelming sense of honor and pride that this is our PLN. Ready to move mountains.

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