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Summary of Civil Rights Leader’s Change Influence Using Organizational Frames

In Week 1, you pre-selected an American civil rights leader (Charlene Teter) to research this week.

Within your small group, each person will individually research your group’s chosen civil rights leader. Be ready to share contributions you have learned about your civil rights leader on Thursday in your small group’s synthesized PowerPoint presentation using Bolman and Deal’s (2017) organizational frames.

You should have prepared for this week’s deadlines by delegating the duties as soon as possible after choosing your civil rights leader in Week 1. The duties include each person reading the required studies and conducting additional research, writing the synthesis essay, and creating the PowerPoint. In addition to the resource, American Civil Rights Leaders Study – EDGR 626, you may need to use several other websites, such as or scholarly resources, but please do not use Wikipedia. The provided PDF includes links to a variety of useful web resources, which you may find sufficient. When you research your famous person(s), do so with Bolman and Deal’s (2017) four frames in mind.

Research your chosen American civil rights leader and construct a short collaborative discussion post with your group partners. (You may choose to collaborate using cloud services such as Dropbox or Google docs.) Decide which group member will be responsible for posting the synthesized PowerPoint on Thursday. Each of you will need to copy and paste it into your replies as quoted material so your instructor can grade you accordingly.

Note: We understand that students may live in various time zones or locations. It is important that you plan ahead to coordinate these asynchronous or offline tasks.

Address the following:

  1. Provide a short summary of your civil rights leader’s biography. Include their birth and death dates, state(s) of residence, major accomplishments, etc.
  2. State the influence or implications of your leader’s impact, prominence, and life’s work for educators:
    • For teachers and prospective administrators, or other professional roles
    • For organizations (e.g., schools in particular, perhaps your current schools)
  3. The ability to lead positive change is dependent on one’s organizational position and hierarchy.
    • Based on your selected person, do you believe this statement to be true or false? Briefly explain.
  4. Identify the primary frame (Bolman & Deal, 2017) your civil rights leader may have worked from. Please consider all four frames in your response.
    • Did your civil rights leader seem to operate more from a structural, human resource, political, or symbolic frame? Explain your reasoning.
    • In the long run, how did this orientation seem to help or hinder the person’s ability to institute change? Explain.
    • Give one example of how “reframing” (e.g., viewing situations from multiple perspectives) might have helped the organizational change efforts of the key character in your selection.
  5. Based on your selection:
    • What does it take to make fundamental and lasting change?
    • What do you think are identifiable conditions that distinguish successful change efforts from unsuccessful ones?
  6. If you were serving as a consultant to the civil rights leader you researched,
    • What three fundamental elements of advice from your review of organizational theory or your text readings would you provide for his or her success or continued success?
    • Based on theory and readings, what would you tell them they are doing right and what would you tell them they are doing wrong? Explain.

Support your statements with evidence from the required studies and your research. Cite and reference your sources in APA style

Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership (Bolman & Deal, 2017)
  • Chapter 17: Reframing Leadership
  • Chapter 18: Reframing Change in Organizations
  • Chapter 19: Reframing Ethics and Spirit

Note: These chapters will lend additional insight and clarity to this week’s group activity if read/reviewed early in the week. In any event, please make certain to read these by the beginning of Week 4 as the content can be used to help reframe your upcoming film study and your final project.



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