Forward leaning educators understand that school organizations need change at a foundational, a systems level, if we hope to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world. Static, top-down, “this-year-is-the-same-as-last” thinking must be replaced by a vastly more nimble, evolutionary, dynamic process of strategic visioning and implementation. This is what I do. Tailored to a specific point on the innovation arc for each school, I use a series of fast-paced, design thinking-based activities to help school teams:
- Imagine futures that may look very different than the past.
- Build a capacity and comfort with ongoing change
- Develop a vision that represents the unique dreams and aspirations of their entire school community.
- Align their precious resources—people, time, money, space, and knowledge—with their unique vision in a sustainable system of action plans.
- Question the legacy assumptions that drive strategic plans and budgets.
- Bust the silos that have separated us as educator-leaders in the past.
- Connect to the rapidly expanding global neural network of knowledge creation and sharing.
- Learn to embrace risk rather than fearing it
Here is what it looks like when I work with school teams:
Grant Lichtman works with school teams to develop a capacity for change in a rapidly changing world. For almost 15 years, Grant was a trustee, chief of finance and operations, and teacher at Francis Parker School in San Diego, one of the largest independent schools in the United States. Over a decade and a half of remarkable transformation at the school, Grant was either directly responsible for, or intimately involved in, strategic planning, program design, campus planning and redevelopment, global education, advancement, marketing, educational technology, admissions and financial aid, benchmarking and trend analyses, and risk management.
Grant is the author of two books: #EdJourney: A Roadmap for the Future of Education based on his first-hand research with dozens of schools and hundreds of K-12 educators; and The Falconer: What We Wish We Had Learned in School based on his seminar in strategic and creational thinking.
Before working in education, Grant directed business ventures in the oil and gas industry in the former Soviet Union, South America, and the U.S. Gulf Coast. Grant graduated from Stanford University with a BS and MS in geology in 1980 and studied the deep ocean basins of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Bering Sea. Grant and his wife, Julie, live in Poway, 20 miles north of downtown San Diego. Their son, Josh, is a PhD candidate in systems biology at Stanford. Their daughter, Cassidy, graduated with her BA in Political Science and MA in History from Stanford, and is currently a professional volleyball player and member of the USA National volleyball team.
My career/passion path (credit Jolina Clement for the artwork!)