Susan Riley | June 2015

What to Do When You Hear “We’re Trying a New Initiative”

Does reading today’s article title make you want to go hide under the covers?  Been there, done that!  After all, it’s summer and that usually means that schools are taking a look at data from this past year, along with district-level new initiative and deciding what direction they want to head in for the upcoming school year.  Sooner or later, we all get that call (or email).  It sounds something like this:

“Hello Ms. So-and-So!  As we all take a much needed break for summer, we wanted to let you know about an exciting new initiative here at Sample School.  Starting in the fall, we will be piloting a

[insert initiative name here] and we would like for you to be a part of it.  You will be receiving more details and training in August, but for now, we wanted to share the good news with you.  Happy Summer!”

…and then you are left to pick up the pieces of you summer plans that have just been shattered, since now you will be spending your time trying to learn as much as possible about this new initiative.

Whoa – slow down there, partner.

Don’t panic!  You can still enjoy your downtime AND get ahead of this new change.  Check out today’s EdCloset On-Demand for some helpful ideas to empower yourself when this happens to you.

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Repeat after me: be strategic, slow down, and start small.  These three ideas will save you so much time and endless worry.

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This class is a little different from our typical offerings, but it is something our audience has been asking for throughout the spring.  This class is available for immediate lifetime access (yep – you can download all the videos, worksheets, cheat sheets, etc) and when you complete it, you’ll receive a certificate for 10 PD hours.  Inside, you’ll find the exact steps you’ll need to take that streamline your integration efforts and give you immediate success.  From buy-in techniques to strategies to assessment, it’s all here.

Don’t panic when you hear the words “new initiative” – take a breath and slow down instead.  You’ve GOT this!

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