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Change: How to Make it Successful

Date: Thursday - November 17, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Rodeph Sholom School

Speaker: Benedict Chant
Rodeph Sholom School
168 West 79th Street | New York, NY 10024
For All Grades


Schools continue to struggle with change. The goal is always to maintain traditions and yet still look to the future. This workshop will examine how to enable significant change and to lay the groundwork so that the preparation and implementation can lead to lasting success. Participants will learn a common language and have time to work on a project from their schools. There will be a wiki available with resources and notes from the workshop.


This workshop will appeal to administrators and teachers who are either contemplating a new project or who have begun it and want some encouragement and perspective. The participants will be encouraged to attend with a small team from their school and a potential or current project in mind.

Schedule (each session apparoximately 1 hour)

Session One

  • Perspective: change as a concept—western vs eastern, conservative vs progressive
  • Paradox of marketing—everyone wants a school that is open to change, but everyone wants the school they bought into

Session Two

  • Team-generated examples of change that have succeeded and failed
  • Team analysis of examples
  • Whole group: patterns of success and failure that emerge (Part 1)


Session Three

  • Patterns of success and failure that emerge (Part 2)
  • Pre-existing conceptual frameworks to use when considering change

Session Four

  • Team discussion of planned changes
  • Creation of broad action plan
  • Share for feedback and post action plans on wiki

Ben Chant has been a teacher and administrator in New York City Independent Schools for over 25 years, recently at Berkeley Carroll and now at Friends Seminary, where he is Project Assistant to the Head of School. His interest in change has been fueled by the successful changes he has observed being implemented in curriculum, technology and professional development. It has been informed by his reading of Carol Dweck, Clay Shirky, Stephen Johnson, Anne Lieberman and the research he completed while doing his Ed. M. at the Klingenstein Program at Teachers College.


Fee includes Continental breakfast, lunch and all materials Early Registration Fees apply until 2 weeks before the event

Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event

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