I’m such a wonk!
I’m elated that I got to put my training in “educational policy, planning and leadership” to work today!
I met over lunch with the Head of Learning Development and the Dean and we discussed possible strategies for helping adopt Student-Centered, Inquiry-Driven teaching practices college-wide. Our intent is to shift the focus in the classroom from the teacher to the learner.
It’s almost everyday that I get to use the research and the educational theory parts of my PhD studies. But it’s rare that I get to contribute an educational planning and change-theory perspective to actually helping develop strategy.
I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to this important effort. And proud I’m that I can bring what I learned at William and Mary to the discussion table.
I’ll also get to discuss these ideas next Wednesday, when I speak at a student-organized seminar in the School of Architecture.
Today, I’m posting a photo of lunch and another of the biggest “policy wonk” I know: W&M professor Pamela Eddy.
This blog goes out in her honor.
Thanks, Pam, for cluing me in to levers for change (Fowler, 2009). I was able to put that on the table for discussion today–all due to you.
Pam’s work includes the books Partnerships and Collaboration in Higher Education and International Collaborations: Opportunities, Strategies, Challenges and Community College Leadership: A Multidimensional Model for Leading Change. There’s an interview with her posted on Vimeo.
I should also acknowledge Drs. Leslie and Finnegan. I used a great deal of what I learned from David Leslie, emeritus professor at W&M, today. And, in my discussions with Gavin over the past few days, I’ve drawn heavily from the paper I wrote in Dot Finnegan’s Cross-Disciplinary Perspective class.