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.

Finding Fertile Ground : Fiona’s Story

Finding Fertile Ground

“Diamonds don’t sparkle in the dark. You need to shine a light for their true brilliance to emerge.”

—Peter Gamwell

Professional portrait of Fiona Milligan.

Fiona Milligan has faced her challenges with dyslexia head-on and is now helping others do the same.

Photo courtesy of Kelli Milligan

“No friends, no track and field, no life. It sucks, and I’d like to kill me.”

—Fiona Milligan, sixth grade, 2011

That was the message Fiona Milligan wrote for a class assignment more than a decade ago. At the tender age of eleven, she’d all but given up on herself in school. Outside the classroom, Fiona thrived—she was a gifted athlete who enjoyed a variety of sports, had lots of friends, and loved being in the outdoors. But having ...

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