Westminster’s first experience with JanTerm was not an end unto itself. It was always part of something larger. As the final part of a two-year rollout of a new daily schedule and school calendar, the JanTerm represents the single biggest curricular step forward in the Upper School since its founding–45 new challenging and varied electives, offered […]
I wrote the piece above back in the early Fall for the Fall/Winter Westminster Magazine for The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. (Just click on it for a full sized rendering). Now that our first JanTerm is over, it is a good time to share what has been a stunning success. The overall satisfaction with […]
PROJECT CONNECTI will be presenting a 20 minute TED Talk-like talk as part of Project Connect in June. For me it will be a homecoming of sorts as I taught at Asheville School for ten years and was the founding chair of the integrated, interdisciplinary Humanities Department. There are some great folks on the faculty […]
Foreshadowing is a key to good communication about institutional change. In a period of accelerated progress in a school, leadership must find ways to foreshadow what is coming. Communicating after the fact is not enough, as it can make strategic steps look like reactive ones. By giving community members glimpses of what may lie ahead, […]
On the eve of the 2012 NAIS Conference in Seattle, I thought I would re-post this one as I am reminded of its relevance as I prepare for the flight from Atlanta to the Northwest.
There are different types of priorities during a change process, and I have been thinking recently about how to make them manageable and understandable. For me, it makes sense to think in terms of TWO-FIVE-TEN.TWO: “The Non-Negotiables”I believe there is room for two priorities that are non-negotiable. These are the goals that, if not met, […]