The Failure We Share

I was recently facilitating a conversation on the topic of 'failure' at a CUE Rockstar Camp for Admins in California. During part of our time together, each school leader in the audience selected from a variety of pre-printed photographs. Humorous photos. Dog photos. Photos that elicited conversation. A principal in this particular session selected one of my all-time favorites. The picture she chose showed 5-6 kayakers rowing one way, while a single kayaker was presumably rowing in the wrong direction. I posed this question to the group, "What if the failure found in this picture is actually the group of kayakers going the wrong direction?" We talked about failure a little longer as a group,

This Could Work

You're invited to participate in a simple project that will bring people and classrooms together. The project is based on Rube Goldberg machines, and it uses video to connect the different steps of the machine. (That means that it might be possible to create a Rube Goldberg machine with somebody in a different country using a digital sequence of videos.) This could be kind of fun because students will probably make stuff. They might even invent a few things. They will also need to collaborate with the classrooms who go before/after them...and that's kind of cool too. Part of the project involves taking a short video or TouchCast of what kids make. (I think Laura Fleming and Ross Cooper

One Sentence Grant Program

One of the biggest challenges I’ve noticed in implementing meaningful change does not involve the dwindling dollars our classrooms and schools receive. The biggest challenge I’ve encountered involves empowering the people involved in the process of change. I don’t think any change in education can be meaningful if it leaves the professionals who are impacted feeling diminished or on the sidelines. In other words, relationships and innovation are inherently linked. Some questions I continue to reflect upon are: How can we lead meaningful change in a manner that brings people together? In what ways can we support innovation from a budgetary standpoint? My new book, “Renegade Leadership” con

Dr. Brad Gustafson is an elementary principal, author, and speaker. He believes schools can be spaces where creativity and innovation thrive, but only when we prioritize relationships and a relevant, connected pedagogy. 


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