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Jousting: Innovation Configuration July 17, 2007

Posted by Janine Lim in Implementing Change.

by Michelle and Alice. They do professional development across Connecticut.

Book: Implementing Change by Gene E. Hall; Shirley M. Hord.
CBAM Stages of Concern in implementing change. Levels of Use.

They use these tools in their work finding out what their constituency needs.

Integrity and fidelity means that you need to know that in each classroom the change is being implementing in the same way. The teachers may implement the process in different ways.

Dialoguing about the innovation configuration is actually professional development. What are the important components of the practice?

In one particular school district they worked with teachers who had multiple days of training. They were considered facilitators in the building. Then they weren’t able to help their colleagues improve on their practice. The teachers then created a innovation configuration so that they could define if it was happening or not. Then they collected information on the level of implementation from 100 teachers.

Innovation Configuration Maps are NOT used for teacher evaluation. They are intended for program evaluation. It’s really about making a common language.

What materials aren’t there? What structures aren’t there? What professional development isn’t there?

We discussed how to build a swing. The definitions helped us realize how complex the innovation configuration could be. Something to sit on. Something to hang it by. Something to hang it off of. The components.

Steps to Develop an IC Map.

  • Visualize and brainstorm parts of the new practice or change in therms of what the user would be doing.
  • Identify components that constitute the major pieces of the new practice. Usually 8-15 components with 2-6 variations per component
  • Actionalize the components by stating them in behaviors or actions/use verbs. Actions that can be observed.
  • Consider the sequence of the components and reorder them to make the best sense.
  • Generate variations for each component from ideal to unacceptable.
  • Review, refine, edit the entire document.
  • Draw fidelity lines to indicate ideal, acceptable, and unacceptable variations. i.e. these are unacceptable but we’ll accept it until next year.

When they sat down to do this with the teachers, depending on Stages of Concern and Levels of Use, there is a wide disparity on how they actually implemented the change.

This Innovation Configuration they created now helps the facilitators see how to help teachers move along the continuum just a little farther than the others. Stray thought. Has Innovation Configuration been done on Marzano’s Classroom Strategies that Work?

The professional development team created the Innovation Configuration. And then the facilitators at each building also created the Innovation Configuration to see how it matched. It validated the Innovation Configuration as well as the training.


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