Over the past two days, it’s been a pleasure to engage with educators from across the country discussing how education is evolving to serve our students and their future. Here are a few highlights.
Adam Grant says that successful givers:
- Help other people while protecting their own goals. They say, “I care about other people and I also care about my own ambitions.”
- Set boundaries on time. Chunking their giving all at once to create more fulfillment.
- Are specialists, not generalists. Know what acts of giving you are best at and delegate the rest.
- Praise the value of generosity. Thank others for being givers.
Data Has a Personality: I presented with don buckley, Saber Khan and Linda Vasu. We were lucky enough to have Jill Gough sketch the highlights:
by Jill Gough
Navi Radjou’s keynote: Beyond Smartness: Leading Wisely in a Conscious Society. Navi states that:
- Wise leaders can modulate between functional and business smarts depending on the situation.
- Make sure to have strategy (what) and purpose (why) in mind.
- See the potential of others and amplify them!
- Have an abundance mindset. Looking for fulfillment inside.
Sisonke Msimang then spoke about the power of language and storytelling.
- Listening is as important as storytelling. Listening to stories requires you to be empathetic and learn from another person.
- “May we all do stories and may that be the measure of our lives.” – Toni Morrison
Social Justice in the Student-Centered Classroom by John Bouton and John Daves, Ph.D.
- What is student centered education? We discussed building skills and competencies that can be applied across contexts. They used an I Notice, I Think, I Wonder protocol to analyze a poem which challenged us to infer the gender and race of the author. This conversation kept us discussing race and identity, a critical conversation for all, but especially white Americans.
Luma Mufleh gave our closing keynote entitled, Changing the World One Game at a Time. A powerful story, of empowering refugees through Soccer, and then building a no tuition private school for these students. She described terrible racism and bias, as well as unbelievable challenges in keeping this school going. You should check out her TED Talk here.