Generating the Future by Telling Stories: School Leadership in a Post-COVID World
What is the role of the Leader-Storyteller as school communities now look towards a post-COVID world?
This workshop is rooted in the idea that storytelling is a generative human act. The Storyteller not only helps us to describe the world around us and our place in it, but literally conjures up meaning, enabling us to make sense of it. The Storyteller then invites us to participate in this story and co-create our future together. Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, arguably the most disruptive moments our personal and collective stories have ever seen, participants will be encouraged to consider the role of the Storyteller for the future of our schools.
The workshop will build on ideas emerging from the theme of the conference, provide an opportunity for reflection on the emerging story of COVID-19, as well as suggest a conceptual framework to support us as we take on the role of the Storyteller in our schools.
Understand the role of storytelling in framing and helping us make sense of the world.
Reflect on the story of Covid-19 and our part in that story - both personally and professionally.
Explore a conceptual framework that redefines the school leader as Storyteller.
Future Forecasting: The New Role of Advancement in Our Schools
How can we become better at predicting the future of international education?
We are all forecasters. Every decision we make is rooted in predictions about how the future will unfold. But what if we could improve our ability to see into the deep future of international education? Rooted in the idea that we can all learn to become better forecasters, this workshop will allow participants to explore the art and science of prediction, as well as the way stories can help us generate important future scenarios, see patterns in the chaos, and ultimately find our North Star. We will also discuss the "prediction" that Advancement teams in the future will coordinate this important work.
Understand key principles from the work of Tetlock and Gardner (2019) on the art and science of forecasting.
Understand why it is important to look into the deep future with a telescope, not a pair of binoculars.
Engage in a conversation about the future role of the Advancement team in relation to this kind of futures thinking.