A How-To Guide
From the discussions in Detroit and Tulsa, it was clear that there were three stages in a successful implementation: Making the Case, Implementing the Program, and Sustaining the Program during Change. Outlined below are the 21 steps typically required to move through these stages. The best practices and lessons learned are illustrated by real-life examples from the practitioners themselves and presented in their own words.
Stage 1: Making the Case
The initial stage is to bring together the resources necessary to advocate for the
Step 1. Identify a Champion
The first step in implementing this strategy is to identify a champion. There is
usually one person who has the initial vision and passion to pursue the idea.
This champion starts the ball rolling and brings others along as the effort gains
momentum. This person must be from inside the school system or have strong
contacts and acceptance within the system.
I just like old buildings…the craftsmanship, quality of construction, and the beauty. I wanted to show all that to my students and help them to understand how they were built.
Roddy Rivers, Instructor, Randolph Career and Technical Center
My family has been in the building trades business for three generations. We’ve also been educators. It was important to me to find a way for the next generation to learn preservation trades in the context of historic preservation where they could gain an intellectual appreciation and a working understanding of the built environment.
Kate Burns Ottavino, Preservation Program Coordinator, Brooklyn School of the Arts