Frederick County’s Call to Administrators: Focus on the “Innovator” and “Early Adopter” Teachers, First

Kevin Cuppett, EdSurge, Dec 08, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I am asked this question a lot: how do we convince staff in our institution or district to adopt an innovation? This article describes exactly the response I give: focus on the early adopters and enthusiasts, support them by bringing them together and providing resources, and have them serve as the model and insiration for the remainder of the staff. It's only when people decide for themselves to implement change that new technology or processes can be implemented. Sure, you can force people to comply, but you can't force innovation and enthusiasm. Related: Change takes time.

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