Author(s): Julie Margretta Wilson
The purpose of the book is to equip education change leaders with a practical framework and human-centered tools and resources to lead sustainable change. We are witnessing a rising tide of popular consensus that the traditional, century-old, model of education is no longer serving our children. Performance on standardized test scores is becoming the floor of school performance, not the ceiling, and more and more schools are drafting strategic plans that state skills such as problem solving, collaboration, systems thinking and creativity must become an integral part of the school's DNA. In the last two to three years, the conversation has shifted from 'We need to change from the factory model and here's why'? to, 'OK, I know that level of change is needed. But how do we change?'? This book is for anyone who is designing, leading, or participating in this level of change: Change that supports students in learning the skills, knowledge and habits of mind that will enable them to thrive in an unknowable future. In '��The Human Side of Changing Education', Julie Wilson, Ed.M. guides us through a powerful framework that enables school leaders to make sense of their challenging change journeys and provide resources to help them along the path. It is centered on the premise that when we ask schools to change, we are asking human beings to change and this requires special tools and a human-centered approach. We cannot change the heart of the system without enabling the hearts and minds of those who give their all every single day to making schools work. Julie presents a practical framework, along with human-centered tools, resources and mini-case studies to help the reader navigate, and succeed upon, their own path of change.