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I’m back from the Education and the Inquiring Mindset conference.  What a great experience!  I met people from many different fields — all dedicated to improving education and preparing our young people to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  Words like “inspiring,” “thought-provoking,” and “challenging” were bandied about.

Marilee Adams

Marilee Adams reviews question thinking and the inquiring mindset

Here are a few things I heard at the conference:

  • Marjorie Schiller:  Don’t look for common ground; look for higher ground.
  • Marilee Adams:  To get different results, you must change your questions.
  • Kathy Telban:  Gain the support of naysayers in a change initiative by asking how they would mitigate the risk of the negative outcome they foresee.
  • Jim Roussin:  Coaching cannot occur absent a relationship.
  • Lee Salmon:  In order to survive in the 21st century, people must learn to succeed in a rapidly changing environment.  This means people must become lifelong experiential learners, which requires building a competency in learning.
  • Melinda Sinclair:  We are experiencing a shift from an old model that required command, control, coercion, conformity, and consistency, to a new model that requires collaboration, connection, co-creation, contribution, change, and complexity.

Dixon shares an experience from his time at NASA

Stay tuned tomorrow for a list of the book and media recommendations I took away from the conference.

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour. Shown: Melinda, Craig, Wanda, Lee, T.

Check out other pictures from the event in my Twitter feed (@BmoreSara) or search Twitter for #edandinquire #edandinquiry (NOT #ed&inquiry — did you know you can’t use ampersands in hashtags?  I didn’t!).