Change Happens

How do you handle it?

We are in a fast-paced world. By the time I think I have it down, it has changed again. So, why are schools and parents so resistant to change? Honestly, I think it boils down to a lack of communication and trust.

As a person who sells to public schools, the biggest question I get is, "How do I get the teachers and parents on board?" My response is simple. "Have a plan, train your people, and communicate."

Create a plan

If you are a school that is looking to change something and you want it to go smooth, write out a plan. Once that plan is written, test it. Make sure it works and smooth out any kinks. This may take some time, but I promise you that making a plan is worth it.

Train your users.

We adapt very well when we know the procedure and expectations. Teach the users how to use the new tool. This is a very important step because when we use a tool, we all like to feel confident and comfortable with it. Training will lead to the "Why" of this tool, as well as the "How do I...". These are important questions that we want the answers to when we change. Training also creates a sense of unity. People who are learning and exploring together will help each other feel more comfortable.

Communicate

Once you have your users trained, make sure you communicate as much as people to the entire community. Ask for some time at your faculty meeting to present. Make sure you also grab time at your PTA meeting. And lastly, communicate some more! Send emails, text messages, write it on the community board, whatever it takes to get your students, staff, and parents well informed. The more we know, the more we understand, the more we understand, the better we handle change.

In a school community, we can embrace change if we have a plan, train our community, and communicate.