Hello again, Divergent Friends. I'm back! It's been awhile since my last post, but only because I have been so busy in my new position as Director of College and Career Readiness in the North Little Rock School District. I have been with this district since July, and I can honestly say that I have never seen a district as deep in massive amounts of change as this one. Let's see...every single building in the district is under some phase of brand new construction or being completely remodeled, the district is restructuring and rezoning to provide neighborhood elementary schools, and in order to use tax payer dollars in the most effective way, the district is closing five campuses in May and consolidating them to have one middle school and one high school. Yes, we are busy, but that's just what the adults are doing. Our students are even busier.
There is another extremely important message that has resonated for me throughout my transition to this new role in education. Alone, little is accomplished that is going to matter. I've always believed that two heads are better than one, and three or more focused, divergent minds can conquer anything. Add students to the mix, and you will move from divergent education to disruptive innovation. In NLRSD, we are not alone, and this makes us strong. The community, businesses, parents, students, and educators have joined together to demand the best for their children. Together, dreams are being made into reality. It's an absolutely incredible time to be a part of this district. It's not all fun, and tough decisions are being made, but true transformation is a process, and I am so happy to be a part of this change and work with this community. I have truly come to love this district in a way I never expected.
That's what we are doing in North Little Rock School District, and I will speak about how our students are pushing disruptive innovation in our schools, community, and state in my presentation at the ASCD Conference in Houston, Texas in March. Disruptive innovation is the theme for the conference, and I can't wait to hear some of the great presentations that are listed. I will tell more about specific projects that will blow your mind in my next posts. Stay divergent, my friends.I hope to see you in Houston!