Shawn Rubin, Chief Education Officer, and Cathy Sanford, Director of Research and Development, both from the Highlander Institute, talk about their new book, Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change.
This is the seventh of a multi-part series about the book. In this episode, Shawn and Cathy talk about the pilot— the time frame, what the content of that pilot should look like, and best practices.
01:58 What pilot teachers need in order to support their efforts and maximize their potential
02:44 We feel like the most important thing they need is coaches, or some coaching through the process
03:41 Example of design teams
05:05 Immense risks that individual pilot teachers are taking and the immense pressure that’s on them
05:40 The design team has to be like squirrels that are gathering nuts in the fall
06:54 Is there somebody acting like a Project Manager to make sure that you’re setting expectations for the pilot, that timelines and benchmarks are being met? Is there any person who’s taking on that role? Or set of people?
07:18 A great lead change agent is going to deputize members of the design team to hold different parts of that work
09:51 You’ve got to pick the right teachers. You have to pick your divers.
10:35 Compliment your teachers because it’s not happening enough.
10:55 Complimenting and accountability
11:47 Difference between complimenting someone’s practice and validating
12:23 I’m interested to get your feedback on what success looks like for the pilot at different benchmarks and at the end. What do you think success looks like?
14:37 Goal setting in the plan phase and the local component
16:25 One thing that keeps recurring … is that this framework seems to be much more about empowerment than about being prescriptive and telling you exactly what you should do.
16:48 Barrier Mapping
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18:30 Really understanding the people around you
19:30 You really need to think about the mindset change that needs to occur
21:06 We highly encourage people to share back with us the ways that they’re approaching this work
Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change
Book Website: http://pathwaystopersonalization.com
Harvard Education Press: http://hepg.org/hep-home/books/pathways-to-personalization