Click the pieces of the graphic below to explore some specifics of Transformational Change.
Student learning is at the center of this need for change.
Children must be given the opportunity to learn through
self-directed, inquiry-based methods. Transformational
Change occurs ONLY when all spokes of this wheel are in
motion in support of this common vision.
Each spoke is a structure which must be strong and
complete for the wheel to move forward. Commitment
to the common vision and collaboration among these
spokes is essential to move the vision forward.
What is it?
Transformational change is a fundamental break with current practices that sparks an irreversible new system. It requires new knowledge and skills for successful implementation. It does not mean doing new or different things in an old system; it is the inception of a whole new system.
What does it look like in education?
All educators want the best for the children of our country. But we need to change the way we are teaching our young people. “Ninety-five percent of students love school in kindergarten, but by Grade 9 the feeling has declined to 37 percent. That’s a hell of a lot of disengaged students,” writes Michael Fullan in Stratosphere: Integrating Technology, Pedagogy, and Change Knowledge.
We have to find a way to engage students so that they stay in school and graduate ready for the next stage of life, whether that is college or a career. They need relevant, life-long learning opportunities. They deserve to learn in a way that will peak their own curiosity. What we need is a transformational change in the way students are taught and the way they learn.
The Project RED Design offers specific, research-based steps to bring transformational change to education. To help you envision this, here is a short-list of the overarching, required tasks to implement change in education.
“It is now time to reconcile how technology can join the fray in a more purposeful way in order to transform learning for educators and learners in the 21st century." Michael Fullan
"In the future “illiteracy will not be defined by those who cannot read and write, but by those who cannot learn and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler