Week Two Look Ahead
St Louis: The College School, Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School, Crossroads Prep, New City, and Elementary School Heads Association.
Chicago: Francis W. Parker, Chicago Latin
Culver: Culver Academy
Indianapolis: Park Tudor
How You Can Benefit:
Share this blog site with your faculty and staff; join the conversation with your comments; link to someone I have reported on; follow on Twitter at #EdJourney or @GrantLichtman. I am happy to report two of my followers made a connection already last week to share on some leadership ideas. This is the least expensive PD opportunity ever!
Whipple Hill joins as sponsor:
Very happy and honored that Whipple Hill asked to join and help with trip expenses. Many of you know Whipple Hill as a leader in the development of web and integrated information systems for schools. I am looking forward to meeting with them in New Hampshire next month and making a video about the journey to that point.
Lessons from the road after one week of my Journey of Learning:
- Make sure your wife loves you before you leave for 12 weeks.
- I am really good at map reading, but I could not do this trip without GPS, a smartphone, and Google.
- Travelling cheap and worrying about saving a few bucks makes sense on the routine stuff like where to stay and what to eat, but not on the one-off problems like a blown tire. Pay the price and get on down the road.
- Not many of the problems on a trip like this measure up to the problems most people in the world deal with every day of their lives.
- The Kansas prairie is not flat; there are bumps, draws, and ripples. The road turns.
- If you work at a school and you don’t believe that the world has fundamentally changed in the last ten years, you probably are not in a leadership position.
- I am constantly humbled by the passion of almost all educators. The percentage that constantly wants to improve at their trade must be really high relative to most other professions.
- Some schools are pushing forward. Their road ahead is unpredictable, messy, and will never be easy. But they will be increasingly relevant; I don’t worry about those on the path. I worry about schools that are not pushing forward at all; irrelevancy may be closer than they think.
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