chapter  4
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DID YOU SAY TO TURN PORT OR STARBOARD? IMPLEMENTATION

After reading this chapter, you will understand that the process of implementation con­ sists of three connected stages (early, mid-level, and mature). You will leam that the skills nec­ essary for effective implementation of change are somewhat different than those required in the initiation of change. Especially important in the earliest stages of implementation is being

attentive to the fact that there is a normal transition from the old ways o f doing things to new ways, and that you need to help your staff make this transition without dismissing the practices of the past. As you continue your change efforts, you’ll find that of utmost importance is a good alignment between your school’s beliefs about what needs to be changed and the behav­ ior that supports those beliefs. Again, the leadership team can facilitate the staff’s change in behaviors in a manner that is positive and encouraging. As your school grows more accus­ tomed to new patterns, you’ll learn that revisiting your school vision and purpose helps to maintain alignment between beliefs and practices. Finally, you’ll want to consider a more sophisticated evaluation and assessment strategy that helps inform you how well implementa­ tion is going.