I design and build leather goods with an artisan team in a century-old historic landmark in the heart of Texas. Why would a school district ask a bag builder to speak at their leadership conference?
This summer I was asked by Spring Branch ISD in Houston, Texas to speak at their annual leadership event, kind of an internal TED-talk.
In particular, they wanted to hear about my work.
To address their topic, we go deep into the Stash story.
One travels from PSATs to present day. There are chairs in ditches, brooms, vacuums, and Marvel Superheros. There is stubborness and failed attempts to automate and bags named bbq chicken.
The topic they gave me was this:
Spring Branch has made it their mission to get their educational system out of the one-size-fits-all factory mindset.
As a parent and an employer, I found the idea very engaging and was surprised as I wrote my presentation how far back I could connect their ideas into my own life.
First, as a parent with two children in the educational system, one finishing secondary in a month and another beginning primary in about a year, I am very interested in an education that prepares them for our evolving economy.
Second, as an employer experiencing a persistent qualified and engaged labor shortage in my type of business, I have a vested concern that we are adequately preparing our students for their future work life. But more on that another time.
Let's get back to that SBISD TED-talk.
A great article by John Baker, the founder of D2L here.