This time next week I will be on the downhill ride to Denver to start my 3-month Journey of Learning with visits to a quartet of outstanding schools: Colorado Academy, St. Anne’s Episcopal, Denver Montessori, and the Denver Green School. Each are embracing innovative programs to help their students succeed in the challenges of their own futures. How? You can find out with me by subscribing to this blog, following me on Twitter @GrantLichtman, and leveraging your own professional development through my visits this fall with hundreds of talented, passionate, dedicated educators at more than 50 schools. I’ll put the miles on my Prius; you get to collaborate from the comfort of your desk or sofa!
Here are the main questions I will pose and report on:
- How does your school view the need for innovation? Why does your school sense the need for changing our system of education?
- How have your educational goals changed in the last five years? What are the essential qualities of a graduate of your school?
- How is change and innovation supported at your school? Has your organization changed in order to become more innovative? If so, how?
- What characterizes a school leader who supports effective innovation?
- What pilot programs have been particularly effective? What has failed?
- How are your teachers and administrators working together within your school and across inter-scholastic learning networks to promote innovation?
You can join this nation-wide conversation by following my blog and the many links I provide back to their sources. Need good topics for your PLC or faculty meeting this fall? Want to link up with a teacher across the country that is working on the same problem as you? Forward this blog link to your colleagues; connect, share, learn!
And hey, its lonely out there on the road…let me hear from you!