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Fall Term Learning Diagram


Spring Term


Even though it is still very cold, the Spring Term has begun. My courses are…

Managing Financial Resources in Nonprofit Organizations (James Honan) – introductory course for financial management practices and problems for nonprofit organizations. I am considering converting a for-profit organization into a nonprofit. This course will provide guidelines for setting up the financial reporting system of the new nonprofit.

Good Work in education: where Excellence, Ethics and Engagement meet (Howard Gardner) – framework for identifying individuals and institutions that do Good Work. I will be doing research about young people and good work, a topic I have been interested in for several years.

Adult Development (Bob Kegan) – while most other courses at HGSE deal with educating the young, this course focuses on development of humans as adults. I will learn a lot on three levels: self-discovery, managing adults in an organization and understanding their development issues, understanding adolescents who are on the cusp of adulthood.

Continuation of two courses from previous term: Proseminar School Leadership and School Leadership in Nontraditional Settings.

One more to be added: either an independent project relating to the development of a Japanese language teaching website or Interdisciplinary Studies…. to be determined soon.

Taking Stock


Some significant learning moments from the Fall Term…

Pro-seminar: School Leadership (Janice Jackson) – inspiration from Yo-Yo Ma’s commencement address at Williams College. Coming across Deal and Peterson’s Eight Roles of Symbolic Leaders, Rooke and Torbert’s 7 Transformations of Leadership.

Practicum on Leadership in Nontraditional Settings (Lee Teitel) – use of protocols, forming a network and learning to rely on feedback, becoming more reflective and meta-cogniizant. Also see Primary Source practicum placement.

Primary Source – practicum placement at a nonprofit organization that promotes global education by providing professional development for teachers. Documenting and showcasing the learning that is taking place in the classroom as a result of teacher training and professional development. Coordinating Japan Study Tour for maximum impact in the classroom.

Inquiry: Educating for the Unknown (David Perkins) – stretching my mind to think about education of the future. Re-reading Five Minds for the Future. Writing two articles: The How of Global Education: from Culture of Competition to Culture of Sharing and Networks of Schools for Global Understanding: a survey of network structures that link together global citizens of tomorrow.

Independent Secondary Schools (Tom Hassan) – studying under the incoming Principal of Phillips Exeter Academy. Using the Harkness Table and studying about practical aspects of independent secondary school management. Studying leadership style at the Loomis Chaffee School (see below).

FEP (Field Experience Program) – internship at the Loomis Chaffee School, creating recommendations for the Admissions Office and observing leadership style of new Head, Sheila Culbert. Applying Deal and Peterson’s Eight Roles of Symbolic Leaders to analyze how the Head leads through understanding culture and helping shape its course.

School visits: Academy of Pacific Rim, MATCH School, Loomis Chaffee School, Buckingham, Browne & Nichols.

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