re·sil·ience\ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s\ noun: the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful after misfortune or disruptive change
Since the inception of this blog in 2010 I have written more than 300 posts that have focused on ideas and practices related to teaching, school leadership, teamwork, professional learning, and cultures of continuous improvement.
While these topics remain important, I have basically said what I have to say about them, at least for the time being.
Recently, I have been been thinking about whether American values and this country’s political and civic institutions, including public education as we know it, are sufficiently robust to effectively respond to the unprecedented and unpredictable challenges they are likely to endure in coming years.
That led me to reflect on people and institutions that encounter adversity but are somehow strengthened through their experiences, emerging from them with newfound capacities and resourcefulness.
Such resilience can be found in people of all ages and walks of life and in organizations that serve many different purposes.
For the foreseeable future I will use this blog to seek a better understanding of individual and collective resilience and the ways in which it can be cultivated and applied in our personal and professional lives and in civic engagement.
As always, I look forward to your comments on what is offered here, both new and old.
I am emeritus executive director of the National Staff Development Council (now Learning Forward). My most recent books are Leading for Results, published by Corwin Press and Learning Forward, and Leadership 180: Daily Meditations for School Leaders published by Solution Tree Press.
I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I support hospice patients and others in telling, preserving, and sharing their life stories with future generations.
I may be reached at email@example.com. I invite you to follow me on Twitter: @dennissparks.