This might sound like an impossible dream, but I think I can improve my school district. I can be the one to bring Educational Enterprise Architecture to the district. I can be the to clarify the district’s systems. I also have the ability to unify systems through unifying people.
The first course of action would be to conduct a systems evaluation. This would be a large endeavor and would take some time. However, this is where the process has to start, with the programs and the applications. This would be a process aligned with the Reform Support Network’s Educational Enterprise Architecture. This would also require an investigation in the current architecture of the district-wide systems. The investigation of the current architecture would not be a single person’s responsibility. Here is where my role would be vital, through the process of collaboration, There would be a need for a create of a team to oversee and plan the process. EEA is not the job of a single person or a single department (Reform Support Network, 2014).
This is where my skills would be needed; I know what I don’t know. Clarifying the need for experts in my district's Instructional systems is another task I would take. There would be a need to create primary roles and secondary roles for the process of architecting. I would take on the role of the EEA crusader, recruiting other leaders on my adventure of facilitating the development of the EEA at my district. To be clear, the need to incorporate stakeholders is paramount. The creating motivation for this project will require me to create clear expectations of the process and results. I will also need to demonstrate the value of creating an EEA. I will have to define my crusade and set clear objectives (Reform Support Network, 2014). Like the Man of La Mancha himself, EEA is “to dream the impossible dream / To fight the unbeatable foe” (Leigh, Darion, & Wasserman, 1966). Getting stakeholders to share the same motivation is my impossible dream.
It may sound like a dream, but the school district must unify. Information technologies must unify. Systems and applications must consolidate. The stakeholders must unite. Chaotic systems are proving to be too costly. Silo-ism does not foster collaboration and efficient practices. Bringing primary stakeholders together will be my goal. I will not be the smartest person in the room. I won't have the highest degree or the most knowledge about the operating procedures of the district. I accept that. However, I will be the one with the skills and training needed to bring people and departments together to build a plan, the architecture. This is where my impossible dream will be successful, in the bring together of people.
My skill set is rather simple. I am the one in the room who is willing to be enthusiastic and embrace a banner of change. The PVUSD needs to improve and needs to change. Through clarifying and embracing an Educational Enterprise Architecture, I can make my district a better place. Oh! And I can save it lots of money. That will get someone's attention.
Leigh, M., Darion, J., & Wasserman, D. (1966). Man of La Mancha; a musical play. New York: Random House.
Reform Support Network (March, 2014) Educational Enterprise Architecture, US Department of Education.