English Montreal School Board EBP Journey
In 2016, Québec’s nine English school boards generously shared their stories with the EBP project about how they implemented evidence-based practices in their schools. In doing so, they hoped that the experience and knowledge gained as well as the support they received could illuminate and inform others embarking on a similar journey.
Whereas important aspects of these stories have been captured on video , the story here provides a fuller picture of a complex work in progress and reflects how local conditions, constraints and challenges, such as the school board’s mission, the size of its territory and demographic make-up, factor into making this school board’s implementation journey unique.
The Eight Stages of Change: Implementing PLCs Board-Wide
Change on a large scale takes a great deal of time and a lot more. Matt Donovan, writing for the Harvard Business Review, identifies eight stages or steps of successful large-scale change, arguing that without these steps, the change process will founder. Though we are not dealing here with the same type of large-scale paradigm, and whereas it is not a perfect analogy, to all intents and purposes, these stages are manifest in English Montreal School Board’s shift towards an evidence-based practice culture, a shift made in response to the results-based standards set by the Ministry of Education. But, what are these stages and how did they manifest themselves along the way? Or rather, as seen from the perspective of two key players, Gil Abisdris and Lina Zielinski, how are the efforts taken towards school improvement connected to each of these stages?
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