Last fall I won a State award. In Madison, at the DPI offices, I decided to confess before they learned the truth. Meeting with the Assistant State Superintendent I said, “My district is small. I don’t follow most State programs the way they’re presented. I have to look at what the major objective is and then try to meet it in our own way.” Her response: “That’s probably the way it should be.” Whew… I was safe!
And what a relief for all of us! Modifying, changing a program to fit where you are and the kids you work with not only makes sense, DPI acknowledges that’s probably the way it has to be.
I’m also hoping there's something else contained in her statement-- the sentiment that DPI recognizes each of us as a professional. You have the ability to see what is needed and address those concerns. You know your students, staff, and community. You are in this profession to make a difference and if modifying helps you get there, go out and change the program or plan to make it work. Follow your instincts.
So, no more fear of being found out, go out and modify!