World Class Leader

Nice story from Greg Whitby about an interview with Larry Rosenstock from High Tech High in the US. Marist Parramatta used High Tech High as one of the starting points for their journey into the world of PBL. I know Br Patrick was very excited after his trip to the US a few years ago and through his determination and drive he has led Marist Parramatta into a future many schools in Sydney could not begin to imagine. It is only through the vision of men like Br Patrick that these changes to the old structure of schools can happen. Most leaders lack either the vision or the courage to take this leap of faith.

Last week I had the great pleasure of sitting down for a Q&A with Larry Rosenstock.  Larry is the founder and CEO of High Tech High in San Diego and one of the keynote speakers at last week’s PBL World Australia 2013 hosted by one of our high schools, Parramatta Marist in partnership with the Buck Institute of Education.

I had heard of Larry Rosenstock and High Tech High before but it wasn’t until I read Yong Zhao’s World Class Learners that I realised Larry is truly an educational entrepreneur.  He has taken John Dewey’s ‘learning by doing’ as a model of education and made it work successfully in a 21st century environment.

Larry’s an engaging speaker but more importantly, an engaged school leader and I share some of his pearls of wisdom below from our Q&A.

  • The purpose of education is to serve society and create it

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