Using the Power of Influence

Ultimate Results of the Academy of Innovation

The Academy of Innovation will promote the creation of personal connections and relationships between students and staff in order to create a supportive educational pathway, recognizing and promoting a collective responsibility for preparing students for postsecondary success in college and/or career. The Academy is primarily designed for students who have struggled with the traditional classroom setting. The Academy will offer personalized education, focusing on the student’s academic strengths, weaknesses, interests, and motivations. Targeting of skills can be done via blended learning format.

  • Results can be measured. Improvement in college/career readiness standards and the number of students graduating in four years can be measured by PEIMS data.
  • Supportive environment measured by feedback and survey

Vital Behaviors for Success The overall culture of the Academy of Innovation must be focused on supporting these students with positivity and growth mindset. The sink or swim mentality of traditional schools must be abandoned in favor of a shared responsibility for success.

Through weekly PLC meetings, all staff (teachers, admins, counselors, tech support, subs) are involved in creating and carrying out the short and long-term goals of the program.

  • All staff engages in growth mindset language.
  • All staff seeks out at least three other lifelines go-to people who can support and encourage them.
  • Staff is trained in conflict resolution and practice positive reinforcement.
  • The staff works to build up and empower all of the students in our care. Weekly self-checks (like PLC for students with a staff member) and adjustments for the goals and benefits of this program will help keep all staff focused on the vision of the program.



  • All Staff (instructors, counselors, admins, secretaries) Every person that comes in contact with this population must be on board with the program vision and act in a way that removes barriers.
  • Paving the way for the district administration: The Assistant Superintendent of Strategic Initiatives, the Director of Secondary Education, the Director of Technology, the Director of Instructional Technology
  • The students

The Six Sources of Influence Strategy

Source 1: Personal Motivation

  • Staff observes the success of the pilot program and chooses to join the process.
  • Teachers who are involved in the Academy are teachers who enjoy working one on one with struggling students.
  • Staff is limited to those who want to be a part of the Academy process.
  • Mission and vision of the Academy is explained to all who apply to join the staff.

Source 2: Personal Ability

  • Teachers receive training on blended learning models, growth mindset, PBL, and PLC strategies.
  • Teachers are computer literate and are trained in 21st Century learning strategies.
  • Learning experiences are designed to help teachers and staff prepare for the type of learning process the Academy will use.

Source 3: Social Motivation

  • Staff can observe the pilot program.
  • Teachers share success and struggles in weekly PLC.
  • PBL projects presented publicly
  • District administrators will embrace the vision for the program.
  • District administrators will support the vision, mission, and procedures of the Academy.

Source 4: Social Ability

  • Staff utilizes three lifelines three other staff members who are willing to support and encourage them without fear of embarrassment.
  • All staff depends on the PLC system to address strengths and weaknesses of the program.

Source 5: Structural Motivation

  • The district wants this school to be the premier high school in the state.
  • Innovative programs that support student achievement are appealing to this administration.

Source 6: Structural Ability

  • The district has already approved the renovation which will allow the pilot program to be seen by others.
  • The district has the technology and infrastructure to allow the program to succeed.



Grenny, J., & Pound, R. (2010, 03). How to 10×your influence: Use four or more sources to exponentially increase your influence. Strategic Direction, 26(4), 3-6.  doi:10.1108/02580541011031388

Grenny, J. (2015). Influencer: The new science of leading change. McGraw-Hill.

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