Ed. Leaders Balance Risk-Taking and Failure
One vital characteristic of innovative, forward-thinking districts, observers say, is a commitment to encouraging administrators, teachers, and students to take risks and not be afraid to fail.
It is a characteristic that is common in innovation-oriented companies like Google and Apple and one that more school districts should embrace, says Rowland L. Baker, the executive director of the Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership , which supports school administrators in the use of technology.
“[Such companies are] not afraid of trying something and finding out it doesn’t work, and pulling...
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