Are state-specific, district, or national standards effective?
Reflect on the skills you have practiced thus far in the course. You have identified current issues in education. After determining some of the problems related to these issues, you searched for and critically analyzed literature related to those problems. Informed by scholarly research, you narrowed the focus of a topic to a problem and determined possible problem statements for scholarly inquiry. In this module, you have
revisited those problem statements, identified key stakeholders related to a specific problem, and determined essential questions that you will ask stakeholders in order to inform a positive change. You have considered that you must identify, inform, and involve many stakeholders in any
plan to effect a positive change. Although many individuals have the ability to identify problems, leaders in education are those who take action to improve situations or solve problems. For this Assignment, you will apply these skills to address a problem related to the case study you have been exploring throughout the course. What problems have you and your colleagues identified as you have explored the case study together? To prepare for this Assignment, select one of those problems that you would like to investigate further to effect a positive change. Assume the
role of the leader in the planning for positive change related to the problem you identify and consider the steps you might take to effect change, and how they might inform an action plan for change. Then, download the Action Plan Template located in the Learning Resources section. Use the template as a guide to assist and organize the different items that you need to investigate in order to move the plan for change in a positive direction. Based upon the discussion question that you addressed last week for me. Here is the discussion post you wrote for me. Please use this to address this assignment. For Part 1 of the Discussion An effective change leader must possess certain leadership characteristics to ensure that they conduct change regularly and smoothly. Before propelling it forward, they must envision, then embody the change. A successful leader of change must have the first characteristic of effective listening skills (Noviany et al., 2019). They must listen and take into account other people’s perspectives concerning an issue. In addition, they should explore various solutions concerning a specific problem from various experts to gain knowledge on the issue. This step enables leaders to gain people’s trust, thus, building stronger relationships. The other characteristic of an effective change agent is diversified knowledge. Successful leaders must always yearn to learn from other people or sectors (Noviany et al., 2019). Continuous learning enables them to stay abreast with the current situation on the ground by gaining new knowledge. Based on personal experience, most leaders often with this characteristic. They usually get stuck in the confines of what they think is right without considering other people’s opinions or current effective trends. More importantly, effective leaders need to be responsible and accountable (Noviany et al., 2019). They must own up to the consequences of their decisions to gain people’s trust in effecting positive change. Most leaders lack the courage to be
accountable for their actions, limiting the effective change in the education sector. For Part 2 of the Discussion The inclusion of visual arts into the core subjects, based on the common core standards, involves various stakeholders. These stakeholders include; the state department of education, school administrators, teachers, politicians, students, parents, business leaders, advocacy groups, education specialists, and the
community. These stakeholders are relevant to the problem since they play an essential role in effecting change in the education sector. Some of the questions I would like these stakeholders to respond to include; how do they feel about including visual arts in the core subjects? How can they implement this change to improve education quality? Are state-specific, district, or national standards effective? What training, materials,
and support is needed to implement this change? Responses to these questions provide valuable insights into understanding and addressing this problem. References Noviany, R., Wardani, S., & Komariah, A. (2019, March). Transformational Leadership, Behavioral Habituation to Build the Character of a Leader. In 2nd International Conference on Research of Educational Administration and Management