Grant Lichtman on ‘Moving the Rock’ and Schools' Struggle with Identity

Grant Lichtman returns to share the story of his research toward his latest book and his work understanding the nature of change in education today. In Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education, he outlines the three fundamental questions facing education today: Why should we change, what is the change going to look like, and how do we get there? 

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Finding Your Calling — Part 2

In our last episode, we shared the first half of our conversation on finding your calling, recorded on a shady porch at The Chautauqua Institution in New York. This week, we’re picking up where we left off with a few quick but important observations. What is the role of unconditional commitment to a cause in determining your calling? How well are we living that commitment as a responsibility to change the world of our students for the better? What skills are we teaching and demonstrating that equip our students to expertly navigate uncertainty?

Finding Your Calling — Part 1

What does it mean to have a calling? How do you know you’re living a life of contribution? As a leader in higher education, are you living up to the mission of your institution? Howard and Pete get to share some rare face-to-face time in this conversation coming to you from a shady porch at The Chautauqua Institution in New York. As a recap of some of our recent interviews, we’re discussing the role of facing our failures, finding a calling, and how our calling motivates us, drives us, and propels us to do good work inside — and outside — our institutions.

Breaking Down Barriers with University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman

Devorah Lieberman President University of La Verne

Devorah Lieberman
University of La Verne

This week on the show Howard Teibel sits down again with University of La Verne President Devorah Lieberman.

President Lieberman begins by sharing the story of a windfall donation that caused the school to think more broadly about giving, celebrating the role the institution serves in the community to help engender enthusiasm and direct financial support beyond alumni.

Then, she introduces a course that she leads herself, co-teaching with a president at another university, in another country, a shared stage blended with international students, designed to give practical experience in breaking down borders in education.

Both of these stories serve as milestones in the journey of change leadership and examples of the pivot in leadership that comes with a shift in perspective.

173: Creating the Intentional Campus Climate with CSU's Katy Rees and Jennifer Williams

One of the realities of complex human organizations is that culture is emergent, that we put teams and departments and structures in place and then we hope. Whatever sort of campus culture that comes out of that cocktail is what we’re stuck with.

Our guests today are here to demonstrate that culture can be crafted, developed, and encouraged when approached with intention. Jennifer Williams serves as director of campus climate, and Katy Rees as associate VP for finance and administrative services at Cal State University San Marcos. Thanks to the deep support of their president, the two have spearheaded an initiative to build a healthy culture and along the way uncovered some fascinating lessons around the role of strategy, demographics, and what it takes to truly engage around core service delivery. 

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