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Implementing Change With Understanding and Respect - Guidelines for a Flexible, Creative, Inclusive Mindset

by Joan Weaver
July/August 2002
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Change. It's ever with us. Approached with understanding and respect, the process of implementing change can be a powerful opportunity for personal growth and center development. If your center is planning a change, do you have a plan for its implementation? Your thorough preparation and thoughtful approach will help ease the process for everyone involved. And if your center has recently made a change, you might consider the questions and suggestions below in light of your experience. With hindsight, would you approach it in the same way? What might you do differently?


What Type of Change?

How you respond to and implement change in your center will depend on what type of change it is.

What is the Source of the Change?

Is it from within your center, such as suggestions from staff or parents? Perhaps you or a staff member have just returned from a workshop or conference with new ideas you are eager to share and implement. Perhaps you want to address a specific situation of concern.
Sometimes changes are imposed upon your center from outside, such as a new licensing requirement or change in funding.

Various changes could include (or affect):

n Staffing relationships
n Curriculum
n Physical environment
n ...

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