Building Your Capacity for Difficult Conversation
Keeping a global overview of their district and its priorities in mind, central office instructional leaders must understand how to move people through the process of change, balancing urgency with support for administrators, faculty and staff.
- Understand Elmore’s concept of “reciprocal accountability” which balances accountability with support across a system.
- Understand the ability of central office leaders to manage the “tension of leadership” in the change process: enabling and encouraging faculty members for their positive efforts while simultaneously recognizing the urgency and need for change.
- Understand and use Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovation model to shape their intentional use of research to make purposeful decisions throughout the change process.