On Tuesday, June 9, I participated in a webinar entitled New Leadership Lenses for Re-Opening Schools with Will Richardson and Homa Tavangar of the Big Questions Institute. The webinar was thought provoking, to say the least.
Some key takeaways (as referenced on their website).
1. The systems, structures and narratives that have defined education are deeply rooted in our personal experiences and in our aspirations for our children. So, once the lockdowns end, it will be very tempting to return to the status quo.
2. The pandemic has changed our concept of school forever. The fundamental lenses through which we see the purpose and practice are forever changed.
The webinar raised some important questions.
1. How will teaching and learning connect more meaningfully with the larger world?
2. How will you remove the dichotomous view of local versus global?
3. Will you interrogate the traditional "canon?"
4. How will you ensure global learning and experiences are equitably accessible?
5. How will you engage with the world from a place of humility, openness, curiosity, and reciprocity?
Richardson and Tavangar suggest looking the world through five lenses: