In order for a new kind of leadership and a new kind of school to arise, fear of failure must be conquered and a vision for the change mastered. The fear of failure is not only to be mediated by the leader her- or him- self, but be spread throughout the system.
Twitter wars of the adults have become unhinged. Now instead of pointing to adult behavior as a model for proper behavior, we have none. It is up to schools to make a difference.
Guest blogger Christopher Wojeski, Ed.D says, "Few are trained to address calamity. Nevertheless, maintaining composure, fortitude and optimism is paramount when helping our students and school community constituents devise solutions to issues and cope with anguish."
This is not a time to watch the news in shock only. In moments when we allow ourselves to become students of leadership, we realize we are living in a time rich in its lessons.
While this uninformed Cabinet Secretary who is supposed to care about everyone's kids wreaks havoc on our reputations and dismantles some of the best regulation we have seen in years, school leaders can step out and up.
When the leader sees her- him-self as the overseer of a complex ecosystem things can begin to change.
It is unthinkable to ask educators who are motivators, caretakers, designers of learning opportunities, collaborators, and creators to be prepared to shoot and kill another human being. It doesn't fit.
STE(A)M can be a program or a club or a teacher or a class but if it remains at hose incidental moments, it will be just another fad and will be short lived. It can also be the way schools build their system of teaching and learning. If that happens, it will have staying power.
Who better than an educational leader understands that schools are living systems with moving parts, events, changes, and challenges?
Whether you personally support these walkouts or not, as a teacher or school administrator they are an opportunity to elevate student voice and action as powerful teachable moments.