A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend, along with Katherine Prince, the ASCD Leader to Leader (L2L) Conference to discuss our most recent future forecast, Recombinant Education. As always, Katherine did a great job presenting the forecast’s content; this was no surprise. What was surprising to me was how receptive these emerging leaders were to the concepts contained in the forecast. The excitement was most evident in the way they took to the “unconference” part of the weekend. You can check out this blog from ASCD’s Walter McKenzie for more about the unconference.
The passion that these young leaders brought to the conversations was incredible. What was even more inspiring were the ideas that came from the small groups. Three outstanding blog posts from attendees illustrate my point:
- If the Ladder is Leaning on the Wrong Structure
- Closing the Gaps Between Learners Through Relationships
- A Generational Shift in the Value of Institutions
The title of this post is “Emerging Leaders Are the Best Kind.” I say this because I was so impressed with how the conference attendees were able to break the shackles of the current system and, to be cliché, think outside the box when pondering the education system they were envisioning for future students. So often, the most difficult part of change is unlearning everything we’ve been taught about how the way things have always been done. These leaders didn’t seem to have that problem. The tweet that best sums up the weekend is below: