what if...?

 
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The most powerful questions start with "What if...?"

If we treat them like seeds--plant them in the soil of our collective thinking, and water them with periodic discussion--they can yield extraordinary innovations.

Every Wednesday, we share a what if question to spur your creative thinking.

 

What if...


What if every school and learning organization had a research & development unit? Better yet, what if each school or learning organization were a member of at least one R&D consortium, so that great ideas could spread more quickly?


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What if schools evaluted learners not just on their individual learning, but also on how they contribute to their team's learning?


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What if the core curriculum in school were built upon the bedrock of mental models?


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What if admission to school only required two things: 1) that prospective students take StrengthsFinder; and 2) that they write an essay about how they regularly use their Top 5 Strengths? (Bonus points if their recommenders write similar essays about them.)


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What if every high school student had "to complete and present 20 projects" and then convert those learning experiences into a digital portfolio to apply for an internship before college?


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What if every student had a strengths dashboard that enabled her to see and to share, in real time, how she contributes her strengths to her learning team and her learning community?


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What if all school leaders thought like designers and innovators?

--Erin Cohn, Carla Silver, and the L+D team