I’ve written A LOT about how to help students enhance their feelings of intrinsic motivation and help them want to change their behavior and attitudes.
Many of us would also like to make change occur in our schools, districts, and in broader policy areas. Obviously, that’s a particular interest of mine, too, after spending nineteen years as a community organizer prior to becoming a teacher.
Here’s the beginning of a list my choices for The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change:
I’ve got to start with must-read review of Robert Caro’s new biography of LBJ, written by David Frum and appearing in Newsweek, Read Book, Obama!
I’ve written a number of posts linking to additional resources, including:
Teachers Must Help Determine New Ideas Being Implemented is one of my posts at Education Week Teacher.
TV Shows: Thinking “West Wing” In A “House Of Cards” World is by Alexander Russo. The Melian Dialogue is a classic tool used by community organizers to illustrate the importance of living in the world “as it is” instead of “as we’d like it to be,” and Alexander effectively uses the contrast in the two TV shows to demonstrate the same lesson about making political change.
Why Reformers Are Being Beaten Up by Teachers is by John Thompson.
Bridging the Naughty-Nice Divide in Education Debates is a very thoughtful post by Marilyn Anderson Rhames. Her advice on respectful participation in the school reform rhetorical wars make a lot of sense, and it would be good if many writers/bloggers heeded it. However, those who are actively involved “on the ground” in organizing campaigns probably want to not follow it to the letter. I explain why in other posts on this list.
Policy Decisions Must Be ‘Done With’ Teachers, Not ‘Done To’ Them is my two-part Ed Week series discussing how teachers can effectively engage in educational policy decisions.
Additional suggestions are welcome.