When Paths Converge
|With the Jedi Master himself!|
This past week I was one of an incredibly lucky group of Administrators who had the great fortune to attend the inaugural CUE RockStar Admin Camp. For three glorious days, we escaped our offices and converged on Skywalker Big Rock Ranch in Marin.
While here we engaged in conversations that made our heads hurt by the end of the day, but also left us wanting more. Underlying our three days was the idea of the Hero's Journey. Here is a great video to explain this concept:
While we were exhausted on Saturday, it was still a bit hard to leave, at least for me, because I knew that I needed more time to process all that I had taken in during that short time.
Simultaneously I began reading Switch. As I am trying to digest and organize all that I took away with me from RockStar Camp, I was struck by the appropriateness of my current reading selection. Eric Saibel was one of my Yoda's at RockStar, and I took much away from his sessions on building culture. Where his work with us intersected with the ideas that I have begun to reflect on from Switch is where my new starting point will be for my work at our school. I put together this simple visual to help me with the process of synthesizing the many ideas from RockStar:
White space isn't the only idea that I took away from RockStar, but I think that this is the critical starting point for our community. I look forward to finding ways to provide space for our community to engage in honest conversations, healthy conflict, and ultimately creative collaboration.