Published on January 30, 2010
Field Guide for Change Agents Photo Credit: left-hand
This Field Guide for Change Agents was developed during a workshop at Educon 2.2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in January 30, 2009. As workshop leaders, we were honoured to have participation by educators from around the world, including remote participants who joined us via Elluminate. The creators have agreed to license their work with an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Creative Commons license. You are free to share or adapt the work, on the condition that the author page and photo attributions are included. Yours in collaboration, Rodd & Ben
Co-authored on January 30, 2010
Chapter 1 Admit It: You are a Change Agent Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks
"With great power comes great responsibility" -Uncle Ben Photo Credit: Krassy Can Do It
“There have been significant advances in recent years. We're moving in the right direction, just not quite fast enough.” - April Gromnicki Photo Credit: Éole
Invention is a flower, innovation is a weed. —Robert Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet and founder of 3Com. Photo Credit: Balakov
“Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.” - Unknown Photo Credit: Sir Mervs
An effective change agent is someone who can't be afraid to change course. Mary Beth Hertz & Eric Conti Photo courtesy of CrazyFast on Flickr (@mbteach) (@ericconti)
A person who knows her own mind - how it learns best - is most likely to be able to change her mind Photo Credit: ViaMoi effectively. Gardner (2006)
Photo Credit: 黒忍者 - Buckminster Fuller
Definition of a Change Agent -noun 1. closet pyromaniac 2. one who sparks fires in their world Jason(raventech) Ramsden mage: 'The Oil Planet' http://www.flickr.com/photos/18583731@N07/2731049453
It really is okay to be proud of the work that you have helped to create. While no passion of yours is 100% yours, there is something important about standing up for the change that you believe needs to take place. There are moments when "we" (students, teachers, admins) are ready to move on to the next step in our progression. We have to know when that is as well. Photo Credit: laurenmarek
Trying not to drown anyone with my waves. Photo Credit: angela7dreams
Some men see things as they are and say WHY? I dream things that never were and say WHY NOT! RFK, 1968 Photo Credit: wikimedia commons
Photo Credit: Stefan's Page You Were Born to Fly, So Quit Being A Chicken - Ben Hazzard
"Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers" Don't be afraid to be an explorer. Photo by tofu_minx
Photo Credit: joshbousel Change is the unstoppable force. Are you an immovable object?
Photo Credit: Fairman Change is good... you go first!
Chapter 2 Challenges of Being a Change Agent Photo Credit: Philon
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting it to come out different" Photo by like_shipwrecks
Photo Credit "It's a good thing we're perfect." -Carey Pohanka and Debra Garcia
Threat of the THWADDIES*! *(That's How We Always Did It) Photo Credit: alist Kevin Hogan, Tech and Learning
I feel like I am the only one Photo Credit: multiget
The problem is never how to get NEW innovative things into your mind but how to get the OLD OLD ones out. Unknown Photo Credit: japanamanda
Whatever changes are being considered, sustainable leadership should look to the past for precedents that can be reinvented and refined, and for evidence of what has succeeded or failed before. - Hargreaves (2005) Photo Credit:haydnseek
If you let negativity and lack of interest halt your progress, this is what you risk Photo Credit:Darwin Bell
Sometimes we are on the outside looking in of the conversations we need to be in. Getting "in the room" or "in the circle" matters. Not contributing isn't always an option. Photo Credit:Elisabeth Audrey
"When I am out there, in time, I am inverted, changed into a desperate version of myself." -- Audrey Niffenegger Photo MirandaLouisel
Change is like sunshine... some change because they finally see the light and some change because they FEEL THE HEAT. Photo Rishibando
Helping others embrace change without feeling threatened. Image by Hannah Beth
Chapter 3 The Change Agent Toolkit Photo Booleansplit
Foster collaboration between teachers, schools and districts Photo Credit: Sharon Peters
Respect and use the wisdom of experienced teachers. Photo arnolouise
Build Bridges Make Connections between old and new Photo iguanogo
Keep sprinkling new ideas around. One is bound to stick. Photo Tinkiak NC
Develop a PLN Photo cobannon
If you want to collaborate globally, know your time zones Photo dno1967
“The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind – creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers.Â These people…will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.” - Daniel H. Pink, A Whole New Mind Photo Zoe
Asking good questions is the best tool in your toolkit. Always. Photo paurian
Chapter 4 Mentoring Change Agents: Finding Mutual Support Photo Powerhouse Museum Photography
When you find someone who thinks like you, don't let go! Photo courtesy of WolfSul on Flickr
Photo marfis75 Quote from: Victor Frankl
Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. Albert Einstein Photo Colin Jagoe
Photo henry grey Especially in moral occupations like teaching, the more one takes the risk to express personal purpose, the more kindred spirits one will find. - Fullan (1993)
Struggle shouldn't be avoided in support. We should be okay with asking really hard questions of one another. Photo rockfingrz Photography
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