Day 1.0: Change Narratives

 

A beautiful first full day of BSILI!

A beautiful first full day of BSILI!

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.

And to get us started, we returned to our Whys:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/bsili2017/permalink/1895384274062883/


“Dancing with Conflict”

Sometimes we have to “dance with conflict” in order to move forward.


Appreciative Inquiry

Paula and Kim leading BSILI through an introduction to Appreciative Inquiry.

Paula and Kim leading BSILI through an introduction to Appreciative Inquiry.

Traditionally, we spend more time planning and acting than building relationships. However, this means that efforts are not often maintained in the long run. Through Appreciative Inquiry (AI) it becomes clear that building relationships is fundamental to long-term change, and we should be spending most of our time on relationships. This then helps effect transformational change, making planning and action take less time and effort.


Guided Pathways with Janet Fulks

There are too many options! Too many choices can be paralyzing.

There are too many options! Too many choices can be paralyzing.

Janet Fulks introduction to guided pathways.

Janet Fulks introduction to guided pathways.

Data collection has helped create a sense of urgency for guided pathways. Students are just not getting through.

We are doing it in the classroom. We are getting success. We are even moving them through basic skills, but degree/certificate/transfer completion is going down.

Completion problems exist even at the CSU.

Completion problems exist even at the CSU.

Looking at the graduates of Bakersfield College, their journey through the rest of their education was long and lacked completion.

Ultimately, transformation happens through continuous and effective communication. For example, Bakersfield College has an open budget meeting to show where the money is going and to elicit feedback or suggestions for future spending.

You can access Janet’s PowerPoint presentation here: Bakersfield Guided Pathways


First Generation, the movie


Quadrants and AI Takeaways

Bringing together some of the strands of the last two days’ ideas, here are some of the group takeaways:

  • Changing how we speak about students (terms that honor where students want to go, how they want to be) –> AI
  • Balance responsibility: student <—> institution
  • How to bring students into the conversation –> ownership all around
  • Can’t envision if you don’t see yourself represented
  • All learning is developmental
  • How do we apprentice the change we want to make?
  • There is also appreciative advising and appreciative instruction (teaching)

Appreciation

General Organa / Carrie Fisher is our "spirit animal" of appreciation. We are leaders--generals--on the ground.

General Organa / Carrie Fisher is our “spirit animal” of appreciation. We are leaders–generals–on the ground.

Why General Leia Organa is Carrie Fisher’s most important role:  https://twitter.com/i/moments/813926150162391040

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Networks, Communities of Practice, and Change Narratives

Central to our (the) idea of transformational change is the concept of communities of practice. As discussed this morning, communities of practice are comprised of two important factors:

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The participation part is our work–the most important work–toward the change of institutions. As Wenger et al note, this is through the work of communities and networks:

Wenger et al p. 9

Wenger et al p. 9

Through the work toward your success initiative, it is necessary to engage these areas for deep learning. To account for and measure the effect of this participatory work, Wenger et al note that networks and communities have stories that record their interactions:

As human experiences that evolve over time, communities and networks have stories – how they started, what has happened since, what participants are trying to achieve. It is in the context of these narratives that one can appreciate what learning is taking place (or not) and what value is created (or not).

These narratives are comprised of two pieces: the ground narrative and the aspirational narrative. It is the “the tension between these two narratives creates a space for learning and for deciding what is worth learning” (17).

Illustration of the tension between the two narratives.

Illustration of the tension between the two narratives.


Day 1.0 Slides

You can see the day’s slides here: Day 1.0 Slides.


Homework

Your homework for the night is as follows:

  • Complete your college’s Change Narrative Poster
  • 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?

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