Leading in the Reality of Change
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it. – Ancient African proverb
The world we know is changing, has changed, and will continue to change at an accelerated rate. Our communities are more diverse and our sense of purpose, place, and position has never been more in flux. Yet, we must prepare our children to own that world and their futures. Our legacy must be to ensure that they don’t just survive but thrive individually and collectively; that is the fundamental challenge, faced by all of us, connected to education and its development over the next few years.
We must find the confidence of vision and belief to ensure that our students are educated as people, not as statistics. We must ensure that they develop the soft skills that are the hard currency of the 21st century, and we must ensure that each and every one of them has the opportunity to develop tangible aspirations and a profound sense of personal and community value, no matter what their backgrounds, circumstances, or capacities.
In his keynote presentation, Richard will explore these issues and the roles we can play in leading a system that has become hampered by negative and punitive policies and headlines. He will connect the need to rediscover our own visions and values with the need to do the same for our children. He will highlight parallel challenges around the world and champion the need for a new focus on collaboration, creativity, and competencies, as we look to successfully help lead our schools, our communities, and our children into a future of ongoing change defined not by risk, but by possibility.
Richard Gerver, author of Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today, is a former school principal and advisor to the UK government. In 2001, when Gerver was only 32, he was appointed the new principal of the Grange School, one of the worst performing public schools in all of the United Kingdom. The students were suffering from low morale, an acute aversion to risk, lack of creativity, poor channels of communication, and low levels of engagement, until Gerver led dramatic change. In less than 2 years, the Grange School became a model of transformation and innovation. By 2003, Gerver was working with Tony Blair’s government as an advisor on education policy, and his work was celebrated at the UNESCO World Arts Education Conference. He has won a National Teaching Award, among many honors, and was profiled in Sir Ken Robinson’s book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything as the exemplar of Sir Ken’s work on talent and human potential.