Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD

Sustaining the Culture and the School Improvement Process

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In studying many change efforts of organizations, from the few that are successful and others that are complete failures, Kotter found that “most fall somewhere in between, with a distinct tilt toward the lower end of the scale” (Kotter, 1999. 75). He noted two general lessons to be learned from those more successful cases:

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  1. The change process requires a considerable length of time; skipping steps never produces desirable results.
  2. Critical mistakes can have devastating results on hard-won gains (p. 76).

Although there are challenges in initiating change in a school, sustaining change until the desired results have been achieved is far more demanding.

More Information

More information can be found in the Chapter 2 of Building An Organizational Learning System: The Baldrige Principal's Handbook for Guiding the School Improvement Process under the following subsections. These subsections will be available for download in the near future.
  1. Why do efforts at school improvement or transformation fail?
  2. What strategies can be used to sustain the school improvement process?
  3. What strategies can be used to embed change in the culture of the school?

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