Everything is changing...Mobile devices and apps; adaptive instruction--teachers, parents, and kids flipping and blending their own learning.Online learning and new tools are being blended into new school models that leverage great teaching with technology.And just beginning to emerge: learner profiles, smart playlists, customized and competency-based pathways.
Everything is changing...except for a bunch of stuff that isn't...Great teaching matters...a lot.Great schools have safe supportive environments.Educators (and parents) can be risk averse.
Everything is changing...except for a bunch of stuff that isn't...so what does it mean for EdLeaders?EdLeaders need to balance execution and innovation:
· Execution: managing repeatable processes that deliver solid instruction in every class every day (e.g., Doug Lemov's Teach Like A Champ)
· Innovation: new tools/approaches seeking step function improvement (e.g, Clayton Christensen's Disruptive Innovation)EdLeaders need to be design thinkers open to new approaches; IDEO's Tim Brown suggests that takes insight, observation, and empathy;EdLeaders are conversation leaders building intimacy, interactivity, inclusion, and intentionality; andEdLeaders need to be policy advocates for local and state policies that extend opportunity and equity.
If EdLeaders need to be some mixture of Doug Lemov and Clayton Christensen while effectively communicating and advocating, what are the implications for preparation?