What a great week it’s been, and today was the icing on the cake. This year, I’ve been facilitating the first phase of a high school business department curriculum redesign. I am blown away by how hard these teachers have worked and by how willing they are to move far outside of their comfort zone.
Together, we’ve created three distinct endorsements that high school graduates may work toward as they complete a pathway through the business department and onward into the world of work or higher education:
- Entrepreneurial Leadership
- Organizational Leadership and Human Resource Development
- Information Technology Leadership
Each endorsement requires students to complete coursework within these strands:
- Marketing and Management
- Global Leadership
Several new courses will be designed over the coming year, including Innovation and Creativity, Social Entrepreneurship, and Social Media Marketing. We’ve only just begun, but I cannot wait to see where these teachers and students go with this project. This year has been about establishing a vision, outcomes, big ideas, and essential questions. One of the greater outcomes? Engaging every student in every course in the work of a collaborative service-learning project. Kids will engage in inquiry that will enable them to define a community problem, propose potential solutions, and evaluate the most viable option. Then, they will work together to get the job done, relying on their varied expertise across courses.
Days years like these make me feel very fortunate for the work that I get to do and the people that I get to do it with.
Never a dull moment.