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 From Now On
The Educational Technology Journal

 Vol 11|No 3|November/December|2001

Creating Curriculum Rich Technology Plans
with Site-Based Teams

by Jamie McKenzie
About the Author

The introduction of new technologies into schools is more about changing culture and behavior than wires and cables. The best programs are constructed from within the district by those who are thoroughly familiar with local needs and characteristics. Invention teams stand the best chance of actually modifying past practice and winning over reluctant and skeptical colleagues.

© 2001, J. McKenzie.

While well intended, the shift to site-based decision making more than a decade ago was rarely accompanied by a substantial investment in the organizational development required to create effective invention or program development teams.

Until recently, many districts spent more time and energy on installation than development - staff or program development, that is - but the trend is toward investment in human resources so as to maximize return and change daily practice.

See "Invention as Learning" at

See "Creating the Vanguard: Identifying and Grooming the Pioneers" at

In 1991, I published a manual devoted to effective group program planning. While primarily focused on site-based decision making and planning, the skills and the strategies outlined in this book can be directly applied to the challenge of building robust technology initiatives.

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Site-Based Decision-Making

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One - Sources: Whose Idea?
  • Chapter Two - The Premises and Assumptions
  • Chapter Three - The Politics
  • Chapter Four - Powerful Educational Ideas
  • Chapter Five - The Perils
  • Chapter Six - The Premises and Assumptions
  • Chapter Seven - Appraisal: Assessing Organizational Readiness
  • Chapter Eight - Clarifying the Destination: Goal Setting and Role-Clarification
  • Chapter Nine - Recruitment: Identifying a Positive Campus Council
  • Chapter Ten - Rehearsal: Learning and Practicing Group Problem-Solving, Negotiating, Planning and Consulting Skills
  • Chapter Eleven - Focus: Concentrating on Essential Issues and Questions
  • Chapter Twelve - Research: Discovering What Works
  • Chapter Thirteen - Invention: Adapting and Innovating to Match the School Site Context and Reality
  • Chapter Fourteen - Inclusion: Hearing and Honoring Constituent Voices
  • Chapter Fifteen - Strategy: Converting Intention into Action
  • Chapter Sixteen - Skill-Building: Learning Focus, Research, Invention, Inclusion and Strategy
  • Chapter Seventeen - The Crow's Nest: Keeping an Eye on the Horizon
  • Chapter Eighteen - Islands in the Storm: Assessing and Shifting Course
  • Chapter Nineteen - Authentic Assessment and Formative Program Evaluation
  • Chapter Twenty - Weathering the Storms: Reefing the Main and Managing Disappointment
  • Chapter Twenty-One - Sharing the Load: Involving the Partners
  • Chapter Twenty-Two - Celebrating Small Triumphs
  • Chapter Twenty-Three - Tacking Across the Wind
  • Chapter Twenty-Four - Final Destinations
  • Appendix A - School Commitment to Teaching for Thinking
  • Appendix B - Planning for the Perils
  • Appendix C - The Teacher Adaptability Quotient Scale
  • Appendix D - Diagnosis of Team Building Needs
  • Appendix E - The Innovation and Environmental Scanning Index
  • Notes

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