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Thinker, Learner, Dreamer, Doer

Thinker, Learner, Dreamer, Doer
Innovative Pedagogies for Cultivating Every Student’s Potential

Foreword by Yong Zhao

School Culture

April 2022 | 248 pages | Corwin

Master the Age of Complexity through innovative growth.

From far-reaching impacts of COVID-19 to environmental and economic concerns, we’re living in the Age of Complexity that will likely be with us for generations to come. How then can schools and organizations change their learning environments to foster innovative thinking in students when the Age of Complexity is always at the forefront? Peter Gamwell and Jane Daly answer that question and more by demonstrating how to understand problems the world faces as living, changing systems.

Built on the philosophy that the prosperity of any organization is directly proportional to how it values its people, affords them autonomy, and gives them creative rein, this book provides resources including:

  • A new way to define brilliance, and 10 specific ways you can shift your organization to prepare your school and community for the Age of Complexity
  • Detailed case studies from schools excelling in the Age of Complexity
  • Links to videos showcasing real-world students and educators in action
  • Key takeaways highlighting each chapter’s critical content
  • Reflective questions to facilitate the application of ideas into school and district settings
  • Actionable strategies to use in classrooms and school communities

As the world continues to grow more complex, this resource provides timely direction on how to think big about innovative growth, even if the first step is small.

Foreword by Yong Zhao
Chapter 1: Thinker, Learner, Dreamer, Doer: Innovative Pedagogies for Cultivating Every Student's Potential
Chapter 2: The Uncomfortable Chapter
Chapter 3: What is Brilliance?
Chapter 4: Seeds of Yesteryear: Jesus Christ Superstar
Chapter 5: Fiona's Story: Finding Fertile Ground
Chapter 6: Rebecca's Story: The Courage to Do Things Differently
Chapter 7: Blue Sky School: Rooted in Innovation
Chapter 8: Road Trip: Seeds Take Flight
Chapter 9: Golden Hills: Seeds Take Root
Chapter 10: Mud Lake and Carseland: Where Learning Comes Naturally
Chapter 11: Odyssey's North Star: How to Build a Strong Community
Chapter 12: The But, But, But, But Chapter: Assessment & Evaluation
Key features

Readers will find:

  • Links to videos where you can hear student and teacher Thinkers and Dreamers describe their work in their own words 
  • 8 detailed case studies from schools that are excelling in the age of complexity and fostering "seeds of brilliance"
  • Criteria for schools as learning environments that foster seeds of brilliance, and a tool for measuring their impact

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