This evening I was catching up on some PLN tweets and came across this #ASI2013 conversation between @toddedwright @bharrisonp and @campbell99 . I found myself reflecting on how often we (as system leaders) articulate the belief that real change happens when grounded in local contexts . . .
What actually transpires within the change process at the many levels of our organizations and institutions?
How might system policies, procedures, processes and structures be conceived and constructed so that spaces and places for individual and collective ownership of desired change come into being and fruition?
Do these structures actually provide opportunity for the emergence and evolution of local perspectives and individual action that will significantly impact the status quo? Or, do the structures, policies and procedures and processes inadvertently reinforce someone else’s reality?
As I begin my new role as Assistant Superintendent, I find myself wondering deeply about these questions and contemplate how I will navigate the distance between perceptions of “what is” and “what might be”? Whose journey is this, and where does the ownership and voice for the change nest itself?
Systemic change happens when… “capacity is built locally” (@toddedwright) Is there any other way for effective change to happen? How would you complete this thought?
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