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When Bad Implementation Happens to Good Initiatives

Tuesday, April 5, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gary Cohen
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Organizational structures impact the type and quality of education provided by school systems. These structures reflect the way school is organized or structured for learning. For example, "Block Scheduling,” "Multi-Age” or "School-Based Management” are good structures to think about. For these structures (and others) to have a positive impact, they should be aligned with appropriate and corresponding methods and strategies. Educational structures that seem to "over promise” and "under deliver” frequently reveal weak or poor alignment with regards to methods and strategies. Subsequently, the structures and the educators implementing them are criticized, and /or quickly abandoned, usually in favor of other mismatched structures, methods and strategies. This "quickly implement a new structure, pay little or no attention to matching it with appropriate methods and strategies, watch while an initiative falls flat, and then abandon it in favor of the next new initiative fad that will also be poorly implemented” pattern contributes to unproductive volatility in the educational marketplace. Furthermore, it leads to flawed assessments of what works or does not work, and why. Poorly conceived and mutually reinforced conclusions are drawn and systemic mythology is perpetuated.  Continued.... Author Ross Danis

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