Day 2.0: Theorizing and Planning Change

Gallery Walk

The first order of the day is to review each other’s homework and help us all think through our success initiatives.

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All of the groups made beautiful and powerful posters to conceptualize their work:

Theory of Change and Logic Models

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Logic models will help us be more explicit and intentional about the dreams of our success initiatives. This way we may rely less on “the miracles” that really make things happen.

In logic modelling terms, the “why” is the theory of change — a “so that” chain that helps visualize how transformative change comes about:


The Theory of Change (ToC), once fully established, is the more constant aspect of logic modeling. It is the aspiriational narrative we are striving to live. The activities, outcomes, resources, however, can change as the ground narrative evolves in an effort to meet our aspirational narrative, our ToC.

Practicing the logic modelling activity, groups are filling in the “puzzle” of a blank logic model, using the input, activity, output, and outcome “pieces” from another logic model:

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And now the logic modelling begins! Teams out across campus working on the first draft of their logic models:

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The groups have drafted and are now peer reviewing their success initiatives with other colleges:

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Evaluating the Work in Our Networks and Communities

How do we know if our professional learning efforts are working? Answering this question takes us back to Wenger’s work with communities and networks. According to this framework, there are five cycles of value that can be measured:

  • Immediate Value: Activities and Interactions
  • Potential Value: Knowledge Capital
  • Applied Value: Changes in Practice
  • Realized Value: Performance Improvement
  • Reframing Value: Redefining Success

These factors can also be measured at a variety of levels, starting with ourselves and growing through the state:


If you’d like a copy of the Wenger value rubric, you can print one out here: Wenger Rubric.

Day 2.0 Slides

You can access a copy of the day’s slides here: Day 2.0 Slides


Your homework for tonight is:

  • Using the feedback you received on your poster and on your ongoing notes and reflections (golden circle, logic modeling, etc.), create a presentation (using PowerPoint, Prezi, or whatever you want) pitching the PL needed to support your SSI to a particular audience. Be prepared to deliver your presentation to another team for feedback on Wednesday morning.
  • As you work on your presentation, keep in mind the following questions:
    • In what ways does the success of your initiative depend upon effective PL? In other words, how is PL at the center of your change narrative?
    • What makes the PL you are proposing particularly valuable and effective?
    • How might you make the case that funds (BSI, Equity, SSSP, BSSOT, etc.) should be invested in the kind of PL you are proposing? How is PL necessary to achieving the goals of your team’s plans?
    • What will this particular audience need to hear to be convinced?
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