Inspired by recent study of Andy Stanley and Patrick Lencioni I want to help my team “win” this semester. In order to win, we need a target. Stanley and Lencioni agree on some common principles:
1. Build a Cohesive Team who is committed to the win.
2. Create Clarity. What have we come here to do?
3. Over-Communicate Clarity. Why are we doing it?
4. Reinforce clarity. How do we do it here?
Let me say it again. In another way, perhaps that will resonate better with you.
We are moving beyond school as we knew it before. We will not mandate one reading or math program but we will inspire curiosity-drivern, creative competence-building, gritty, learner-centered programming. You will not hear me define us by a textbook publisher or a single pedagogical practice. You will hear me say we are researching the brains of 0-18 year olds. We are discovering what motivates, engages and challenges each kid to understand content and transfer skills. That is why are doing the workshop model. Transfer skills require algebraic thinking lessons over memorization of a math rule. Transfer requires kids to think like scientists and solve problems that no one yet knows the answer to, not just recreate experiments that have been done for years.
We are a team of learners, educators, entrepreneurs, and innovators dedicated to redesigning school to encourage and promote deeper curiosity (School of Inquiry) and create an environment that reflects the way kids naturally learn. We are a team who builds thinking routines to help students observe, question, connect, associate in order to solve real-world problems. (School of Innovation). We are a team who researches what CQ means, exposes children to the people, places, and things of the world and teaches them their responsibilities as a global citizen (School of Impact).
We are keeping up with the research of the demands in college life (College Ready) of new global opportunities (Globally Competitive), and identifying partnerships locally and globally where we can make a dent. (Engaged Citizen Leaders). We are not only preparing students for life with transferrable skills, we are letting them practice those skills now.