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Chapter 2: Getting Unstuck in Education
Are you suffering from initiative fatigue? That frustration stemming from being handed yet another “program” or “reform” when you don't have enough time or resources to fully implement the ones already under way (Freedman, 1992)? Whenever I'm asked to work with a school, I ask what other initiatives they're undertaking so I can make connections with my work and estimate the potential level of initiative fatigue. “Doing more with less” only goes so far, doesn't it?
Symptoms of initiative fatigue include the following:
Abbreviating. For example, one school district insisted that professional learning communities limit weekly meetings to twenty minutes, which probably isn't enough time for deep conversations about student learning.
Assuming. Here, leadership might provide high-quality professional development but ...