Just recently we posted about looking forward to the horizon in order to be better informed about what lies ahead. We encourage walking, open eyed, into the frontier rather than waking up in it. Today, however, we are looking back. The past does have lessons to offer.
While the field of Internet providers narrows, and the capacity for access to the Internet broadens, what do you suppose the public's expectations for their use will become? This is a time for leadership to reach out to colleagues and develop a louder voice...as we see things arising, before they become our work.
How can we guarantee that teachers receive professional development that will most certainly fit in their classrooms and be developed and monitored over time? And, how do we include professional development to augment our knowledge of the human beings involved in the learning process: student and teacher?
At the very time we are talking about the value of developing students who are able to create and innovate, the arts are being threatened. Minimizing the arts makes no sense but neither does preserving them as a separate and apart from academics, especially in this time of focus on STEM subjects.
Building resilience skills should begin early but does not stop after children leave their preschool years. As a society, we should focus on helping children become stronger academically, as equally as we do their social and emotional wellbeing.
Building strong children should not be a serendipitous by-product of our work with children. It must be as much our focus as teaching them information about their subjects of study.
Profoundly skilled leaders are needed now. And that skill lies within each and every one of us. It is the combination of our capacities for empathy, positive attitudes, and abilities to use strategies, both social/emotional and intellectual.
The real problem with education is we need to shift into this century. We have been trying to do it for years, through hard work and effort. It all has resulted in a tinkered with ailing system that is struggling along with phenomenal teachers and leaders who are exhausted from trying.
Let's think about flipping the tone and focus of our work toward the future. As our current leadership works to develop their own capacities, let's work at developing leaders for the future.
We must lead the shift to a way that maximizes opportunities for investigation, problem solving, and collaboration while maintaining assurance that each child is gaining knowledge, and is able to apply it both alone and with others.