Susan Riley | March 2015

Sparkchasers Season 2 Episode 2: Embracing Change

As educators, our only constant is change.

Embracing change is one of the things that teachers do best. In fact, sometimes we can see change as a 4-letter word if it’s implemented without consideration to other initiatives.  How often have we felt that we’re changing just for the sake of change and not because it’s for the betterment of students?

In today’s episode, we’re tackling this sticky word with the key idea that innovation and change are closely linked but not always the same.  Additionally, we’re exploring how to manage the change process, when disruptive innovation is necessary, and delving into our own personal successes and challenges with both leading and living change.


10 Principles of Leading Change Management

Why 70% of Changes Fail

Creating Innovators: Why American’s Education System in Obsolete

Leading in a Culture of Change by Michael Fullan

Is Boxed Water Really Better?

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan