Learning to Lead Change: Building System Capacity


Learning to Lead Change: Building System Capacity is a series of publications developed for the Microsoft Partners in Learning initiative.The documents are:

  • Facilitator Guide
  • Core Concepts
  • Short Course
  • Case Studies
  • Annotated descriptions of the 20 best books on leading change
  • Links to the ten best online resources for ideas and tools for developing effective leadership for change


Microsoft describes the purpose of the Partners in Learning initiative as “part of a comprehensive commitment to promoting digital inclusion and to partnering with governments to bring the benefits of technology to communities and classrooms around the world. Microsoft believes that through our collaboration, we can empower schools, strengthen teacher leadership and increase student achievement throughout the world.”


In studies of successful organizations and school systems it has been found that technology must be conceptualized in the context of change in the culture of the system, and in school-wide and system-wide purposes. The goal of these training modules is to provide awareness and understanding of key ideas for leading change. The short course and the supporting content brings together years of experience working with different systems and different countries to bring change that brings about an impact on students' learning. This is much about the action knowledge base that makes for change and success.


The Leading in a Culture of Change Short Course is made up of 7 modules (see 'Resources' below).


Each module starts with a one-page overview of the activities outlining the topics, strategies, instruction page numbers and suggested time to complete the activity. Relevant participant handouts have been embedded so facilitators will have all the required materials for all activities in the facilitator guide. Instructions are provided for the group strategies that are used in the Short Course, and additional strategies are also suggested (the list of strategies is outlined on page 2 of the facilitator guide). The guide has been written to encourage facilitators to be creative in choosing activities and designing learning experiences for their specific context and needs.


Video clips presenting on a variety of topics can also be viewed from the links on the right. These videos are referenced in the facilitator guide and provide an excellent support to the workshop content.


Please download the resources on the right.