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4 Steps to Effective Change Management for School Districts

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Learn four best practices you can use to help implement timely change management initiatives.


Change management is critical to a successful learning management system (LMS) transition, but it’s not always easy. In this article, we share four best practices you can use to help implement timely change management initiatives. Plus, we highlight the ways in which D2L’s experts can provide support along the way.

1. Prepare Your Foundation

Before getting down to details, you want to ensure all key stakeholders have a seat at the table and that goals and objectives are set to manage the change associated with your project. We can help you:

  • measure your district’s readiness for change
  • outline a clear plan
  • map out an ideal student and educator experience
  • determine milestones and success criteria

The more prepared you are, the easier it will be to make the transition.

2. Create a Communication Plan

Next, you’ll want to develop a communication plan that outlines what everyone needs to know and how you intend to spread the word. Ultimately, a successful communication plan should help people:

  • understand the why behind the change
  • get the support they need to navigate
  • effectively address any additional impacts, risks and requirements

You can leverage materials and resources created by our learning experts to set up your communication plan. Our team of learning strategy consultants can also guide you in building a customized plan suited for your school district.

3. Make an Adoption Plan

A strategic adoption plan will help you reinforce your district and school’s learning culture and set people up for success with newly introduced tools.

Our learning experts can help address impacts through change leadership coaching, designing training and onboarding materials for students and educators. Plus, our customer success team can provide continuous support and strategic guidance and recommendations.

4. Measure and Sustain

The final step to a successful change management initiative is to track your progress and adapt where, how and when needed.

Our learning experts can help you improve your measurement and evaluation methods to optimize your learning environment to meet your district’s needs. We can also provide strategic advice on risk mitigation, cost-cutting measures and sustainability change methods, so you continue to expand and evolve your goals to tackle more complex objectives.

Organizational change management can be overwhelming. When you partner with D2L, you get a team dedicated to helping you guide your vision, plan your approach, and execute your learning strategy to drive change management in your school district.

We’re here to help every step of the way.

We were so glad to partner with D2L’s Learning Strategy and Consulting team to help with our Brightspace launch and rollout. We knew we only had one chance to get it right, and we wanted to make sure that we put our best foot forward with all our users. Kiara and her team were extremely knowledgeable and helped put our team’s—and our leadership’s—minds at ease. With their assistance, we put together a strong launch plan with realistic strategy to drive engagement and increase adoption both in the near and long-term.

Jeremy Negrey, Director, Customer Education, PartsSource

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Table of Contents

  1. 1. Prepare Your Foundation
  2. 2. Create a Communication Plan
  3. 3. Make an Adoption Plan
  4. 4. Measure and Sustain