Leading a Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

September 27, 2017

As anyone who has ever tried to start an exercise program, adopt a healthier diet or quit smoking knows, changing behavior is hard. Yet effective educators and school leaders need to be able to effect change, change in students, in school districts and in communities. That’s why Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES is offering a workshop with Susan Heath Hays, the top Switch Certified Trainer in the country.


Hays is the sister of Dan and Chip Heath, authors of Switch, the ground-breaking book on changing behaviors. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern that you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is changing the world or changing your waistline.

Hays has more than 20 years’ experience building individual and organizational capacity by training people in the skills needed to make lasting change both personally and professionally.


In the workshop, offered by the Department of Guidance and Child Study, Hays will present a framework for changing how people act, even in the toughest circumstances. Participants will learn why some changes are excruciatingly difficult to make and others are easy, why most organizational changes fail to gain momentum and how to break through the “decision paralysis” that can block the way forward. Hays will explain why knowledge is not enough to spark change, and what will spark it. By the end of the day, participants will apply the workshop tools to a major challenge of their choice.


For more information, contact Neil Boyle, coordinator of the Guidance and Child Study Center, at 914-248-2352. To register, go to: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=2478304&D=13064