Leading Change

The Leading Change Tools are organization development and change leadership strategies that help educators understand the process and steps that must be followed to ensure the development, acceptance, and sustainability of an effective change initiative.

  • Evaluate School Culture

    To help teachers, administrators, and counselors understand the current school culture, and develop a plan that meets the needs and fills the gaps that currently exist. 

  • Understand Core and 21st Century Skills

    To provide educators a detailed list of 21st century skills that all students must learn in order to become successful in postsecondary careers. It is also important that these elements be built into your program or initiative. 

  • Conduct Financial Planning

    To assess flexibility in use of available resources to maximize impact. To identify gaps in funding and potential new sources of revenue. 

  • Create an Action Plan

     To provide a high-level planning tool that describes key action steps needed to meet project goals.

  • Develop the Project Timeline

    To identify all major team activities within a specific timeframe, usually three to five years for most major change efforts. 

  • Evaluate Achievement and Assessment

    To identify specific expectation, readiness, and access goals, to include data requirements. To put goals/ and initiatives into the context of programs already planned or in place. 

  • Create a Project Workbook

    To provide a document repository for key project deliverables and communication of project progress. 

  • Create Project Team Role Descriptions

    To create very clear and concise role requirements for individuals or sub-teams. The roles will differ based on the purpose of the team and the scope of the activities. 

  • Create the Right Project Team Roles

    To create clear role responsibilities, accountabilities, and boundaries for team members and for those to whom the team has a reporting relationship. 

  • The 9-Step Pathways Implementation Model

    To provide a model for educators to use when initiating a new program. This model incorporates an approach based on change leadership best practices that combines the what and how, and is employed as the organizing framework for the tools and resources in this toolbox.  

  • Create a Project Team Charter

    To clearly define a team’s mission and function. The charter helps insure clarity around goals and roles, and provides a clear description of what the purpose and functioning of the team is for those outside the team. 

  • Evaluate Commitment to Change

    To assess the degree to which individuals or groups are likely to have bought into specific project goals or proposed changes. 

  • Influence-Support Matrix

    To identify stakeholders that must be communicated with and influenced to support the new change initiative. 

  • Review Sample Stakeholder Analysis Circles

    To provide project teams an example of what a Stakeholder Analysis circle should look like as you and your team generate information for creating clear role descriptions for project team members.