In this episode, we are speaking with Richard Bernato, author of Futures-Based Change Leadership. Dr. Bernato, who currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership at St. John’s University, has been deeply involved in the world of education for 40 years. His dignified educational career began when he worked as a social studies teacher who ran his school’s Honors Society and Dungeons and Dragons programs while also coaching the football team. It was during these years as a teacher that Dr. Bernato became known for bringing education to life for his students through the use of educational simulations that allowed students to put themselves into the shoes of the historical figures they studied. Along the way, Dr. Bernato worked as an elementary school principal for many years (where the students put on a production of a play about the alphabet, written by Dr. Bernato himself!). Eventually, Dr. Bernato served as the Assistant Superintendent of the very district where he began as a social studies teacher.
Here is what we talked about:
- Tell us about the big ideas or essential questions behind your book Futures-Based Change Leadership.
- You begin the text by sharing a Formula for Futures-Based Change Leadership. Tell us about this framework.
- In Chapter 3, you focus on collaborative leadership practices. Why is it important for us to consider this in our system?
- We have recently adopted a Profile of a Graduate and Learning Beliefs. To realize this vision, we will need to shift mindsets and build skill sets – causing much change. What do you mean by the Organizational Cultural Capacity to change, and how can we as leaders develop this capacity to change.
- What do you mean by edufuturing? What are some strategies we can employ to engage in this practice?
- How can schools use transformative scenario planning?
- What’s next for you, Richard? What are you working on now?
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This week’s questions:
- How can you or your district start edufuturing?
- How would your district’s vision shift if you engaged in intentional edufuturing?
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