Overcoming Resistance

~45 minutes

Stoneybrook Academy is located in an affluent suburb of a large metropolitan area. You have been in this position for the past 4 years and have worked hard to develop credibility and rapport with the faculty and staff. The school's mission statement was updated last year. After much discussion, the following was added:

"The School will prepare students to bring knowledge and skills to solve problems, make sense of information, and know how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions. These are the kinds of skills that students develop in science, technology, engineering, and math, including computer science. We will enhance our STEM curriculum to meet these growing needs."

You were challenged to align programs with this vision enhancement as quickly as possible.

Trade-offs to Consider:

  • Satisfaction of Stakeholders with Diverse Perspectives and Needs
  • Public –vs- Private Agendas
  • Speed of Implementation –vs- Commitment of Key Stakeholders

Key Characters:

  • Lauren Order, Board President
  • Ira Call, Head of Math Department

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