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Focus Forward:

Leadership, Education, Technology, and the Future of OUR Economy

Jeffrey Piontek

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Attraction & Generationshttp://www.strategy-business.com/li/leadingideas/li00113http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/16/mckinsey.html?page=0%2C1http://institute.adecco.com/FeatureArticles/Articles/Pages/2008_02_Europes_Looming.aspx

purpose of education
Purpose of Education

Back to basics (politicians)

Three overarching basics of education:

Economic

Cultural

Personal

education and the economy
Education and the Economy
  • Role of Education
  • Any conversation about education must be tied into the economy
    • Growth, development and sustainability
cultural aspects of education
Cultural Aspects of Education
  • Education has a fundamental role in the culture of our students
  • The aspects/understandings of their identity
  • Empathy
personal and people
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
schools of hope
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)

where s the focus
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)

technology transforming education
Technology Transforming Education
  • New delivery systems
  • New tools
  • New Outcomes for teaming and technology goals
  • Robotics and “Rube Goldberg” competitions
  • Robotics!!
communication skills for the 21 st c
Communication Skills for the 21st C.
  • Annual Gallop Poll on What Americans Fear Most:

Public Speaking

Chronic Illness

Snakes

Death

21st C. Schools

    • Ongoing emphasis on writing skillfully
    • Renewed emphasis on public speaking
the adoption curve
The Adoption Curve*

Early

Adopter

Early

Majority

Late

Majority

Late Adopters

Innovator

* Based on work by Everett Rogers, Jon Preddie, and others.

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The Adoption Curve*

20%

60%

20%

Reject a change, no matter what

Accept a change, no matter what

Wait and see

Early

Adopter

Early

Majority

Late

Majority

Late Adopters

Innovator

* Based on work by Everett Rogers, Jon Preddie, and others.

a whole new mind daniel pink
A Whole New Mind ~ Daniel Pink

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

~ Albert Einstein.

Is Einstein right?

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A Whole New Mind ~ Daniel Pink
  • Left-brain dominated schools and economy
    • Left-brain analytical thinking
    • Economy and Society based on analysis
    • Rewards
disruption in our schools

Disruption in our schools

A collection of things we use in the world but aren't allowed in school

social media
World of

Work and Life

Vs.

School

Social Media
social networking
Futile attempt to ban

high school students

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the most socially networked group of humans on planet – from doing what they do.

Social Networking