Sunday, April 21, 2013

Three Tips for Building Teacher Buy-In

by Bill Ferriter

A close friend who works in a leadership role in a local school asked me an interesting question this week.  "I just want to build something that teachers can buy-in to that will help kids," she said.  "How do you do that?"

Chances are that if you've worked in schools for any length of time, that question resonates with you, right?  

We've ALL had moments where we were completely frustrated by a group of teachers who just weren't interested in moving forward with a new project and/or program.
The good news is that getting teachers to buy-in to change initiatives isn't NEARLY as hard as it seems.  You just need to remember that:

Teachers buy into change efforts that they believe are important.

The change initiative that I've spent the MOST professional energy on in my 20 year teaching career was an effort to convert my traditional middle school into a professional learning community that started a little over  8 years ago. 

Since then, I've literally spent thousands of unpaid hours trying to polish the collaborative work of my learning teams.

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