Grant keynotes, consults with, and facilitates workshops for both private and public schools and school groups interested in building a capacity for innovation and change. Grant is the author of two books: #EdJourney: A Roadmap for the Future of Education based on his research at more than 60 schools; and The Falconer: What We Wish We Had Learned in School based on his work in strategic and creational thinking and a novel interpretation of The Art of War.
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 the last two years he has visited over 100 schools and engaged with thousands of K-12 educators to research and share their successes and failures as they strive to meet the educational needs of a rapidly changing world.
Keynotes and Workshops
Grant melds speaking events with active learning workshops for groups of educators focusing on building capacity and comfort with change in schools. In the workshops we imagine, prototype, and develop concrete action ideas and plans; and develop a working affinity with the skills of expansive question-based, design-based thinking.
No two schools are exactly the same. Each workshop is crafted to the specific needs of the individual school or school organization. Attendees participate in a range of original design thinking-based activities; group sizes range from 20-200 or more. Attendees may include the full range of school communities: teachers, administrators, parents, trustees, and students. Workshops range from 90 minutes to multi-day depending on the objectives of the school leadership.
- Implementing a school’s unique vision through a process of system-wide alignment of resources, vision, and practical action planning.
- Breaking silos and building transparent, collaborative decision-making in schools.
- Building a culture of strategic imagination based on forward and outward leaning vision, not one encumbered by the current framework of traditional schools.
- Observing, reflecting, and building on peak learning outcomes to drive all-school vision.
- Building a culture of distributed leadership where all members of the school community see themselves as educator-leaders from their respective positions.
- Investigating uses of time, space, people, and technology to create a more interdisciplinary, permeable, open, and connected learning ecosystem that breaks down traditional silos and embraces local, regional, and global communities.
You can visit Grant’s website to watch his TEDx talk; review his list of client schools, districts, and organizations; read his past articles on school innovation; subscribe to his blog; and flip through slide decks.
If you are interested in a workshop or community event for your school or district during Oct 13-16, contact Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss details.