How principals implement change effectively

By Learning Forward
April 2021
Kay Psencik, Frederick Brown, and Stephanie Hirsh explore how school leaders can apply a learning lens to achieve their ambitious goals for educators and students in The Learning Principal, their new book for Learning Forward. The authors show how learning and leading go hand in hand, especially when it comes to innovation and improvement. Chapter 3, “Managing Change,” details how leaders can create the conditions and learning opportunities that help staff navigate change — a vital but often challenging part of increasing equity. This leadership must happen throughout the change process, from establishing readiness for change to leveraging strategies to support staff through challenging steps. One of those strategies is articulating and following a theory of change. As the authors write, “Developing a clear theory

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