Future-Focused Leadership: Preparing Schools, Students, and Communities for Tomorrow's Realities

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Introduction

Change is inevitable. Progress is optional.

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Think about it: That energetic, inspired child who emerged from kindergarten in 2005 will graduate from high school in about 2017 and college in about 2021. That same student will likely celebrate a 90th birthday in 2090. Many members of the kindergarten class of 2005 will live beyond 2100, into the 22nd century. The average 2010 high school graduate will turn 65 in about 2057 and could confront 90 candles on a birthday cake in 2082. What's the conclusion here? The future is in school today.

None of us asked to be born at this time in history, but here we are. We are the first generations of people capable of destroying the world, and we may be the last generations who can save it. Much will depend on how we educate our people. Education is that important, and the future is coming at us at warp speed. There is no place to hide.

Forget the status quo. It has become a ticket to obsolescence. There is no more business as usual. We now realize that, in a fast-moving world, the organization, community, or country that unleashes the genius of its people through the best possible education will move forward at an unprecedented rate. Unfortunately, the organization, community, or country that does not

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