"paper--it's coming death is much exaggerated (and, of course, a wring utensil)"
In addition to the classroom, I have also focused much of my energy on school improvement by way of professional development. I have established a number of faculty training programs focused on professional development in the areas of
*productivity suites, cloud services, learning management systems
*Lesson Study--a professional collaborative cohort program
*school reform via increased community involvement and governance models
I also worked in the Finance Industry (Wachovia and New York Life). While there I created a new seminar program for targeting and educating prospective clients
Great stuff. Establishing a culture in which failure (through effort) is seen as a positive movement and recognized as leading toward success. In this manner, one is certainly establishing a framework for rituals and routines focused on a non-traditional understanding of success.
Although, it is funny that the stigma of failure in the educational setting is difficult to shake. As a former life insurance salesman, the mindset driven home from the very outset by management is: "every no brings you closer to a yes." One will fail more often than one will succeed but the sum-total of the successes will far exceed the cost of failures.
I agree. In fact, I often use improv exercises when I notice that the class is in need of a change--be it content, routines, "work," whatever. It also helps to know some students off their pedestals and raise-up those who are a bit reserved and/or hesitant to engage the class as a whole.
I subscribe to Edutopia also, and I was planning to post this. But you beet me to it. Excellent choice.
I particularly like this article because it emphasizes that which Obama, Duncan, Gates, Walton, and etc., don't appear to realize or accept--education is not about training robotic employees in a very narrow set of skills and it is not here to serve industry's whims.
I wish more educators (especially those with advanced degrees) opening and vocally challenge the derision and destructive policies of the current technocrats.