WSD participates in Concerns Based Adoption Model (CBAM) training with SEDL-AIR


Windham School District leadership staff recently participated in Concerns Based Adoption Model (CBAM) training supported by the National Department of Education Research Centers and offered by SEDL, an affiliate of American Institutes for Research (AIR).  SEDL is a nonprofit education research, development, and dissemination organization based in Austin.

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Windham principals, lead teachers, and Huntsville administrators were trained by SEDL in the approach of Dr. Shirley Hord and Dr. Gene Hall’s model. In this method, any type of organizational improvement is monitored and tracked through employee adoption of the innovation.  CBAM provides tools and techniques that enable leaders to gauge staff concerns and program use in order to give each person the necessary support to ensure success.

“We want to provide better support and direction to our staff  throughout the state as they adopt new innovations for WSD,” Superintendent Dr. Clint Carpenter said  “CBAM is not an evaluation tool, but rather a skill which all organizational leaders should have familiarity with to ensure support of staff.”

Carpenter said WSD participants were very receptive of the training and the potential to support the district as it implements new GED testing, improved teaching methods and a large expansion of Windham vocational programs.

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“These skills will assist Windham staff to maintain high morale and dedication to job tasks when multiple changes are taking place,” Carpenter said. “We need to be able to all work together at WSD to implement anything that we need to do in a way that’s going to be the most successful method and smoothest transition for all participants. It was a pleasure to train with the experts in this field and have the opportunity to grow as an organization.”

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