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On Reinventing Education

By December 13, 2022No Comments

Breaking Down Michael B. Horn’s From Reopen to Reinvent, A Must Read for School Leaders


Middle States President Christian Talbot in October conducted a live (virtual) Interview and Q&A with acclaimed author and strategist Michael B. Horn. They discussed Horn’s game-changing ideas on education innovation as outlined in his latest book, From Reopen to Reinvent

You can watch the recording here

In a series of blog posts, Talbot highlighted key takeaways of Horn’s approach starting with the argument that the COVID-19 pandemic should be viewed not only as a threat, but even more so as an opportunity. Using Horn’s book as a guide, Talbot laid out the following framework for leading change in schools: 

From threat rigidity → to opportunity;

From zero sum → to positive sum;

From everything-to-everyone → to Jobs To Be Done;

From hygienic factors → to motivational factors;

From cognitive biases → to new narratives;

From waterfall planning → to discovery driven planning; and

From uneven levels of agreement → to tools of cooperation.

In his final post on the book, Talbot reminded Middle States members, as well as all educators, of our imperative to facilitate change in schools. 

Read the blog here

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