New Rule: Navigate VUCA with Habits of Mind

  By Bill Sommers   So, as I sit here in my home under COVID19 stay at home restrictions, one question keeps reverberating with me in how to lead during this time: “How do we respond in a VUCA world that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon?” When Read More …

Mediating Uncertainty with Patient Inquiry

  By Giselle O. Martin-Kniep   “The most effective people are those who can ‘hold’ their vision while remaining committed to seeing current reality clearly.” Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization   Patience, as defined by the Marrian-Webster dictionary 1: bearing pains Read More …

Leading in the VUCA World: Not Much Has Changed

  By Dr. Jeff Dillon Leading in a VUCA World initially seems unattainable when education is so firmly built upon traditional pedagogical instructional models. As educational leaders, we take comfort in this model because it is predictable and safe. Why would a leader leave this place of self-comfort to embrace Read More …

Leveraging The Habits of Mind In The Midst of Disruption

  By Craig Gastauer March 13, 2020 was the day we received the news that all districts in San Diego County were shutting down physical operations due to COVID-19. A week later, our teachers were directed to begin thinking in terms of what was essential for students to learn between Read More …

Resources for Home Learning

  By Aixa Perez-Prado The need for all of us to shelter in place during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surplus of interesting, innovative and informative free online resources for home learning. The following are just a few of the many remote learning opportunities available for parents and Read More …

Leaning on Habits of Mind in Times of Fear and Uncertainty

  By Dr. Nick Bruski “The Easter Bunny came! He took a responsible risk!” (heard from a 3rd grade student) The Institute for the Habits of Mind has a vision, “To create a more thoughtful, cooperative, compassionate generation of people who skillfully work to resolve social, environmental, economic and political Read More …

Thinking Flexibly in the COVID-19 Crisis: Continuing to Grow Learning Practices in a Time of Uncertainty

  This collection of posts is a co-created endeavor from a group of friends and colleagues who want to stay true to our own personalized mindset by co-creating and problem-solving ways to navigate the unexpected move to an online learning ecosystem. No one anticipated that we would be living through Read More …

WonderGrove Animated Lessons: Wash Your Hands, Cover Your Mouth

  With the spread of Covid-19, good hygiene habits are of utmost importance. To help teach those habits, WonderGrove is offering two free animated lessons to share with your Pre-K to 2nd grade classrooms to encourage students to “wash their hands” and “cover their mouths when they cough.”   When Read More …