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ERIC Number: EJ1001503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Winning Strategy: Set Benchmarks of Early Success to Build Momentum for the Long Term
Spiro, Jody
Journal of Staff Development, v33 n2 p10-12, 14-16 Apr 2012
Change is a highly personal experience. Everyone participating in the effort has different reactions to change, different concerns, and different motivations for being involved. The smart change leader sets benchmarks along the way so there are guideposts and pause points instead of an endless change process. "Early wins"--a term used to describe successes demonstrating concretely that achieving the change goals is feasible and will result in benefits for those involved--help accomplish this. To bring people along, the leadership team needs to give those involved evidence at each stage that the change will succeed and that is likely to yield positive results. The concept of early wins requires setting the objective of improving student achievement--such as in mathematics as measured by results on the June test increasing a specified amount. However, it is critical to plan backward from that June test. What steps can be taken along the way to ensure that the desired results will be accomplished by June? This will give the confidence and momentum to go forward and also give the change leader something important on which to build.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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