Leadership: Making Quality Assistive Technology (AT) Services Sustainable
The Leadership Module is intended to be used by collaborative teams of individuals who are interested in improving the provision of quality AT services at campus, district regional or state levels. It is designed with flexibility in mind. There are four sections of the module and each one builds on the next section. However, the different sections can be used over time to suit their needs as teams analyze their practice, develop and implement improvement plans, and assess their results. Effective change in assistive technology (AT) services relies on several critical factors with leadership being key to ensuring that change in practice is planned for and that the plan is implemented. The focus is on the complex process of leading and leadership in the 21st century. We are no longer satisfied with an autocratic style of leadership which is primarily a form of management, but rather respond to leaders who inspire us by working collaboratively with teams to set a vision and work to reach those goals.
- Part 1: Leading the Change Process In this section focus is on leading the change process. Leadership can be found at multiple levels in any agency, including administrative roles which are assigned and leaders who emerge due to their ability to influence team members to reach for shared goals and objectives. Leaders can arise from roles on AT teams, job coaching positions, teacher mentors and simply from being interested in utilizing technology for learning and growth of students in the classroom. Being a leader, leadership and leading, and the important components of each of these concepts are explored.
- Examine different models and components of leadership
- Compare roles of managers and leaders
- Understand the role of sustained leadership in creating meaningful change
- Part 2: Assessing AT Service Delivery In this section focus is on Assessing AT Service Delivery. It explores the change process and the foundational role that leaders play in setting the vision, developing a plan, engaging others and implementing the innovation to reach desired outcomes.
- Review QIAT as a model for best practice
- Compare current service delivery to evidence based best practices
- Use QIAT self-evaluation matrices to develop improvement plans
- Determine next steps to improve practice
- Part 3: Determining Implementation Stage In this section, the focus is on determining what stage of implementation a team’s, district’s or other service area’s service delivery is in to assist in planning next steps.
- Learn about the stages of implementation
- Use the Stages of Implementation Analysis tool for reviewing current practice
- Plan stage related activities to improve practice with the goal of sustainable implementation
- Part 4: Reaching Sustained Implementation In this section, the focus in on maintaining leadership and sustaining continual improvement in implemenation, practice, and provision of AT services.
- Learn about improvement cycles to evaluate change initiatives
- Explore the implementation drivers to produce consistency in practices
- Develop strategies to plan for and create meaningful change