“‘A movement has an emotional heart. A movement might use an organization, but it can replace systems and people if they disappear. Movements are more likely to cause widespread change, and they require leaders, not managers.”
As an example, in working with small groups of teachers every month in our elementary technology cohort group (they volunteered their time), I saw teachers become truly excited at the possibilities of using technologies in new ways to enhance teaching and learning. They shared openly, took risks, and changed practices as a result of their learning. They then became my “go-to” people in all of the elementary buildings to help inform, influence, enthuse, and support their colleagues. At a district-wide in-service day, these teachers planned and facilitated sessions for their peers. When a teacher would come and ask for my assistance with a certain tool or technique, I’d try to instead steer them in the direction of their knowledgeable colleagues.
I am interested to hear how you have empowered the teachers in the “pockets” in your own organizations. Please comment below!