Making a tough decision and making it stick is but one challenge of a leader in charge. An executive decision requires more than using that part of your brain called “executive functioning” which is officially defined as “a set of cognitive abilities that control and regulate other abilities and behaviors. Executive functions are necessary for
Schools are already in the “real” world. They just aren’t taking advantage of their external environments in creative and contemporary ways. Instead they are still using old models for new learning. Put new wine into old wine skins and what happens? They burst, wasting the wine. Too much energy, time and resources have been spent
Most educators, and parents, know about the concept and practice of a gap year. Often that year is taken between high school and college but not necessarily then. It could be a junior or senior year abroad in either high school or college or it could be between the freshman and sophomore year of college.
I watched two garden spiders yesterday, connected by the same web, work their magic. I sat there in amazement as they worked to restore and expand their web, eat or store a few insects along the way that had given the signal of their arrival. You have no doubt seen a spider scamper across a
I am indebted to the Knight Foundation and Eric Newton for their presentation in November, 2013, to a group of Dutch journalists in Amsterdam. The content regarding K-12 schools is mine and I take responsibility for any mistakes, misunderstanding or errors in laying out a design for these kinds of schools* Gary R. Gruber, Ph.D.
Keep learning alive – Commit to becoming a life-long learner and whether or not you are an early adopter, consider how the world has changed and you along with it. If you are not growing and changing you are falling behind because to stand still is to lose ground. You can participate in learning challenges
In most organizations there is a prevailing culture that is either receptive to creative change or resistant to it. As someone who might wish to influence change that you believe would improve the overall performance and position of your organization, it might help you to know how best to do that. Everyone has qualities
About 6 years ago I wrote my “official” letter of retirement after 12 years of working in association with a fine and well-educated group of professional colleagues. I had the liberty and benefit of a “home office” in northern New Mexico during that time although that required a fair amount of travel. It’s the old
Assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case.” Annie Dillard, On Writing, p. 68 At age 41 I had an epiphany about my own mortality. I was leaving my office, driving through a parking lot toward the main street. I had to stop the car as