Transformational Travelers! There is really nothing more engaging and valuable than learning with and from others. The links below take you to some of my fellow travelers - those who, in my humble and biased opinion, have something important to say and contribute and who are equally, if not more so, active learners as they listen and respond to others. Connect with them and prepare to learn and be challenged! They appear in no particular order.
Colleagues & Cohorts (people I interact with through more traditional means - joint work, employment, friendship, projects, etc.):
Susan Leddick, Profound Knowledge Resources. Website: www.pkrnet.com Susan is an amazing consultant, teacher, thinker and do-er. She spent 10 years working side-by-side with Dr. W. Edwards Deming until his death, then connected and worked with pre-eminent systems scientists Jamshid Gharajedaghi and Russell Ackoff. Her school and intermediate service unit clients span the country - most of whom have been with her for many, many years. She is my primary mentor and teacher when it comes to systems theory and design.
Chuck Peters, CEO Source Media Group, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Twitter: @cpetersia Blog: http://chuckpeters.iowa.com/ I've recently connected with Chuck due to our mutual interest in and passion for systems thinking and organizational design. Chuck embodies the servant-leader and is providing his leadership to our community as we attempt to transform on a grand scale!
Andy Crozier, Coord. of Digital Lrng, Grant Wood AEA. Twitter: @acrozier22 Website: http://andycrozier.com/ Andy joined our team a few years ago and made an immediate impact - and continues to do so! An Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Stud, Andy really understands how technology can support student learning!
DJ Corson, Director, Brobst Center for Teaching & Learning, Hawkeye Community College. DJ is a longtime teacher and educational leader. In all of my travels I have not found anyone better at engaging adult learners and making learning engaging, motivating, and useful. DJ can provide consulting in many areas but especially in designing learning for 21st century skills and the role of instructional leadership. Purposeful, planful, and completely committed to helping her clients develop the skills and abilities needed - her goal is to make her clients "not need her anymore." Contact DJ to discuss how she might be able to assist you and your organization.
Tom Micek, Superintendent, Missouri Valley CSD. Email: email@example.com Tom has had a significant influence on my thinking and was an instrumental leader in the Iowa Success Network and provided me many opportunities to learn, grow, think and practice.
Ron Fielder, Chief Administrator, Grant Wood AEA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ron has led Grant Wood since 1987 and will retire this summer. Ron is innovative and has a knack for recognizing trends and acting on them - a real mentor and friend.
Lisa Fry, Program/Service Administrator, Grant Wood AEA. Email: email@example.com Lisa started at Grant Wood as my colleague in the Office of Planning & Development and we migrated together to executive leadership at Grant Wood. Lisa is a kindred spirit in innovation and systems thinking and helps urge Grant Wood forward!
Deb Myers, Executive Director, Hamilton County ESC, Cincinnati, Ohio. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Deb is one of my kindred spirits! I've known Deb now for 9 years and have had the pleasure of working together with her on several projects and learnings. Deb was the one who, when I called and asked if they would be a partner in VREP instantly said, "If you are this passionate about it, then it has to be the right thing to do - we're in!"
Doreen Marvin, Director of Development, LEARN, Old Lyme, Connecticut. Email: email@example.com Doreen is another kindred spirit who I've had the honor of working with as well. Doreen also said "Yes!" instantly when asked if they wanted to be the VREP leader in Connecticut.
Alan Rowe, Executive Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Kirkwood College. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org I owe a great deal to Al - he became a critical friend and mentor during the formative early years of my professional life. His intensity, strong intellect, and persistent and consistent work ethic helped shape much of my educational philosophy and approach.
David Darnell, Professor, Drake University. Email: email@example.com Dave was the Chair of my doctoral committee and has become a great friend and confidant. He has been instrumental in creating a high-quality education department at Drake!
Rex Kozak, Principal, East Marshall CSD. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Rex is the person who brought Virtual Reality Education to Iowa Schools. It was his work and initial experiment that created one of the best innovations to come to Iowa schools in some time. He works tirelessly to ensure all kids recognize their talents and have opportunities to explore them. When you think "VREP" you should think "Kozak."