Day 1.0: Changing Narratives

A beautiful morning to start our first full day!

A beautiful morning to start our first full day!

The cool air and bright sunshine is wonderful sign for the full start of BSILI, a fresh start as we delve deeper into creating change and writing our own narratives for that change.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “The Danger of a Single Story”

It is impossible to talk about the single story without talking about power.

The Single Story of Our Students

Often we see our students from a certain perspective, often from a “deficit perspective.” In order to transform our practice and institutions, it is vital that we also change the stories we tell about students.  Some key questions to consider:

  • How do we talk about our students from a deficit approach?
  • How can we re-imagine the stories we tell about our students, how we see and understand them?

Part of this is hearing our students’ voices.  Here’s Donovan Livingston:

Building Communities of Practice

Excerpts from Wenger: How do we apply it to our work here and at our home campus?

  • Look for that which is important for our situation
  • Look for a unifying concept
  • Look for what “jumped out” as interesting, contested, etc., risky
  • Look for missing pieces in our process
  • We are building our own CoP’s here
  • Moving from an “either/or” to an “and/and” world
  • Cycle of value is ongoing
  • We discover where we fit
  • Ongoing Professional Learning is necessary

Change Narratives

The narrative is how we frame our experiences to others.  Together we will form a narrative, a collective narrative, that will frame our work together.  Our professional learning is what connects what happens, the ground narrative, to what we want to happen, the aspirational narrative.


You can see Fullerton’s narrative in their visual timeline:


Who Mapping

Who are the people that you are going to reach out to in order to support and engage in your success initiative? Remember that alone you are crazy; the most important person might well be the third follower (the co-co-nut).

Day 1.0 Slides


  1. Read “Mapping Change: Using a Theory of Change to Guide Planning and Evaluation.” What idea(s) from the article seem most useful to your change efforts?
  2. Create a “Change Narrative” poster that articulates:
    1. What do you want to change?
    2. What professional learning is needed to support your efforts to make this change?
    3. Why is this professional learning critical for that change?

Get in Formation! Then Slay! :)

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