My vision of being a change agent for my organization will require me to start by setting goals by using the SMART goal method. (Horn, 102). SMART stands for: specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, and time-related.
- Specific – The specific area of improvement is in the current curriculum is to incorporate strategies to teach literary skills to students that are 3-5 years old. The current curriculum is theme based and has limited opportunities for students to develop their reading skills. They currently are read to from printed books from the library and a featured book contained in the monthly curriculum. The curriculum has a printed topic card that is taught daily that is use for to encourage speech and language communication, (3) letters per month for phonically awareness, calendar is done daily to teach numeracy, and the children trace and write their names. To incorporate the innovation we will use the station rotation model that is currently in place at KIPP LA Academy that uses technology within their educational curriculum.
- Measureable – By implementing this we will be able to monitor the children’s progress on a quarterly basis by initially using the dashboard that is free and available in Khan Academy and the enclosed assessment charts in the curriculum.
- Assignable – The director of the learning center will coordinate the implementation of the innovation and will report any hindrances in a biweekly meeting.
- Realistic – The results can be measured by a monthly assessment done by the director. The only foreseen factors that need attention is the purchase of a broadband service and the purchase of three iPad tablets which should be gotten by the end of December 2016.
- Time-Release – The goal is to have the plan in force by March 2017 with the monthly assessment and feedback from clients.
By announcing to our clients the opportunity for their children to participate in our in our innovation plan we will increase the quality of the service we provide to them. The director and the administrative staff should meet once a month to stay connected on the acquisition of the needed service and devices. This will expedite the training required for the teachers that will participate in the use of the plan. The cost of implementing the program is affordable and can be accomplished.
Here are a list of books that will help our organization better understand change, disruptive innovation, and educational technology:
Arney, L. (2015). Go blended!: A handbook for blending technology in schools. 1st Edition. John Wiley & Sons.
Curtis, G., Ullman,D. and Zumba, A.. (2015). Learning personalized: The evolution of the contemporary classroom 1st edition. Jossey-Bass.
Horn, M. B. and Staker, H. (2014). Blended: Using disruptive innovation to improve schools. John Wiley & Sons.
Sheninger, E. C. (2014). Digital leadership: Changing paradigms for changing times. 1st Edition. Corwin Press.