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2 Focus Forward: Leadership, Education, Technology, and the Future of OUR Economy Jeffrey Piontek

3 WE FACE A WORLD ON THE MOVE

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13 Attraction & Generations GenerationMotivators VeteransValue Respect, part-time hours, temporary employment Baby BoomersFeel needed, be part of a team, training, flexible retirement options Generation XImmediate feedback, flexible work environments, results focused Generation YMentors, work with bright people, learning opportunities, work/life balance

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23 Purpose of Education Back to basics (politicians) Three overarching basics of education: Economic Cultural Personal

24 Education and the Economy  Role of Education  Any conversation about education must be tied into the economy  Growth, development and sustainability

25 Cultural Aspects of Education  Education has a fundamental role in the culture of our students  The aspects/understandings of their identity  Empathy

26 Personal and People  It is about your own individual hopes dreams, aspirations and desires  Many students drop out because of standardization of education  Tied to engagement  Personalize education

27 Schools of Hope  Sociologist Anthony Campolo’s “test”: Complete the sentence, “I want my child to be….”  In Japan, mothers say, I want my child to be…. …successful.  In America, mothers say, I want my child to be… ….happy.  Right answer? I want my child to be… … good. (Cf. research on independent school grads by Douglas Heath: Schools of Hope; and Lives of Hope)

28 Where’s the Focus? The U.S. has a science and math pipeline problem: It begins in elementary school, as early as kindergarten. “In China, Bill Gates is Brittany Spears. In the US… ….Brittany Spears is Brittany Spears, and that is our problem.” (Tom Friedman, The World Is Flat)

29 Technology Transforming Education  New delivery systems  New tools  New Outcomes for teaming and technology goals  Robotics and “Rube Goldberg” competitions  Robotics!!

30 Communication Skills for the 21 st C.  Annual Gallop Poll on What Americans Fear Most: Public Speaking Chronic Illness Snakes Death 21 st C. Schools  Ongoing emphasis on writing skillfully  Renewed emphasis on public speaking

31 The Adoption Curve* Early Majority Late Majority Early Adopter Innovator Late Adopters * Based on work by Everett Rogers, Jon Preddie, and others.

32 The Adoption Curve* Early Majority Late Majority Early Adopter Innovator Late Adopters * Based on work by Everett Rogers, Jon Preddie, and others. 20% 60% Accept a change, no matter what Reject a change, no matter what Wait and see

33 A Whole New Mind ~ Daniel Pink “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein. Is Einstein right?

34 A Whole New Mind ~ Daniel Pink  Left-brain dominated schools and economy  Left-brain analytical thinking  Economy and Society based on analysis  Rewards

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36 Disruption in our schools A collection of things we use in the world but aren't allowed in school

37 What are we really preparing our students for when we can't tell a school from a prison?

38 What kind of work are we preparing our students for? Desk Outside SchoolDesk Inside School

39 Social Media World of Work and Life Vs. School

40 Social Networking Futile attempt to ban high school students - the most socially networked group of humans on planet – from doing what they do.

41 "We (teachers) must prepare learners for their future, not for our past.” David Thornburg

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