Refreshed, energized and challenged. Those are just a few words to describe how I feel after the incredible learning experienced last week at the AASA Leadership Academy. From start to finish, this was one of the most engaging learning experiences during my educational career. The collective talent, visionary thinking and optimism of the cohort is incredible. I feel blessed to learn alongside this group the next 10 months as we work to build our leadership capacity.
College and career readiness took center stage earlier this week when Dr. Vince Bertram delivered the keynote address at the “Great Northwest” Leadership Conference at Northwest Missouri State University. Several themes were explored during his talk including the rate of technological change, the skills gap, understanding market demands, educational philosophies, and relevant learning experiences.
There’s a dynamic tension that often goes unexplored in the educational profession that shapes the work of teachers and the learning experience of our students. Educators have been repeatedly encouraged to transform their classrooms based on research, technological innovations and emerging practices. Meanwhile, the constraints of the accountability movement serve to narrow the curriculum, inhibit risk-taking and perpetuate a test-prep culture at the school or district level. The tension is real.