Master the Age of Complexity through innovative growth. From far-reaching impacts of COVID-19 to environmental and economic concerns, we’re living in the Age of Complexity that will likely be with us for generations to come. How then can schools and organizations change their learning environments to foster innovative thinking in students when the Age of Complexity is always at the forefront? Peter Gamwell and Jane Daly answer that question and more by demonstrating how to understand problems the world faces as living, changing systems. Built on the philosophy that the prosperity of any organization is directly proportional to how it values its people, affords them autonomy, and gives them creative rein, this book provides resources including:  • A new way to define brilliance, and 10 specific ways you can shift your organization to prepare your school and community for the Age of Complexity  • Detailed case studies from schools excelling in the Age of Complexity  • Links to videos showcasing real-world students and educators in action  • Key takeaways highlighting each chapter’s critical content  • Reflective questions to facilitate the application of ideas into school and district settings  • Actionable strategies to use in classrooms and school communities As the world continues to grow more complex, this resource provides timely direction on how to think big about innovative growth, even if the first step is small.

The Uncomfortable Chapter

The Uncomfortable Chapter

“We must be able to question assumptions and the assumptions on which the assumptions are based.”

—Peter Gamwell

Jane and I call this The Uncomfortable Chapter because, well, it might make some people a bit uncomfortable. In fact, we struggled over whether or not to include it, because we really don’t like creating awkward moments.

So if you’d rather, feel free to skip over this chapter and continue on with the rest of the book. You can always come back to it later if you get curious. And in the meantime, you’ll still get to explore eight inspiring stories where teachers, school boards, businesses, and communities are working together to spark innovation and bring out the seeds of brilliance in their ...

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