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Tuesday, April 19 • 9:00am - 9:45am
Watering at the Roots: Catalyzing Organizational Change with a Collaborative Inquiry

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How can leaders effect pedagogical change by inviting faculty to become agents of curricular evolution? Even in long-standing, traditional schools, responsiveness to new realities can become part of institutional process with teachers at the helm. Join us for a case study in focusing educator genius on new academic horizons.

How do we remain true to our core mission and values, while stepping intentionally and definitively into possibilities afforded by new technology? Our nonagenarian K-12 progressive school has just undertaken an all-faculty inquiry of new trends precipitated across the larger culture by technological innovations. We’ll share a framework that we call “departmental inquiry,” which allows the school to become a learning organization in the face of disruptive trends in industry, arts, and academia. This will appeal to any technology leader looking for the means to structure group process in a way that catalyzes and directs curricular and pedagogical development, while investing all teachers in the outcomes. We will take a look not only at the specific topics about which we chose to inquire, but also the structure of the inquiry, supporting resources, and the deliverables for which each department is responsible. Finally, we will discuss some of the developments that arose from conversations around the departmental inquiries. While the inquiry prompts certainly deepen the level of discussion in meetings of faculty, personalities can become an issue, and fissures that lie below the surface of professionalism can come to have a strong impact on educators’ responses to institutional change. The departmental inquiry structure is a way to manage the natural tension that arises from changing times.

Bush Departmental Inquiry Map

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Ethan Delavan

Director of Technology, The Bush School
Ethan has been leading change in educational technology for lo these twenty years. His current position allows him to help effect pedagogical evolution while bringing to bear the tools necessary to make it happen. He'd be delighted to have you contact him and even visit.

Tuesday April 19, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am EDT