I was pleased to lead a two-hour workshop yesterday for about 50 business officers from the Southwest region of independent schools. Rather than the normal “sit and get” that conferences usually provide, I asked for this extended block of time to create an active learning session. Many walked into the room more than a bit perplexed to see circles of five chairs and no tables. Over the session, a handful grumbled in the back, something along the lines of “I don’t do this ‘stuff’.” The majority, however completely bought in as we posted up creative ideas, organized them in a systems approach to problem identification, and shared issues that are pressuring schools to innovate.
Here is a video interview I did with Bo Adams of Unboundary this morning that speaks to this process within the overall framework of solving real-world problems. You can read Bo’s commentary related to problem solving and The Falconer model, suitable for even young children on his blog:
By the end, teams of people who had never worked together had designed and presented truly solid concepts for how their schools might create new value. The total product of the session will be captured and shared out. Thanks to Heather Junker of the ISASW for taking a risk on a new approach, and for the attendees for their willingness to step outside their comfort zone and see how it can lead to the creation of real pathways towards innovation.
Back to the East Coast today to continue my EdJourney down to Virginia!