This site is by a school leader who is obsessed with figuring out what does a relevant education for students in the 21st century looks like. Blair Peterson is currently the Head of Upper School at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta, GA. Mount Vernon is a school of “inquiry, innovation and impact” where students and teachers use design thinking and the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation (MVIFI) “accelerates and amplifies” transformational learning and school redesign. Blair’s work in international schools has spanned 14 years and included stops at Academia Cotopaxi in Quito, Ecuador, Mont’Kiara International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Graded School in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His home in the United States is Emerald Isle, NC which is why he choose the Twitter name @eijunkie.
The idea behind the blog title comes from Peter Senge’s idea of Creative Tension.
The gap between vision and current reality is also a source of energy. If there were no gap, there would be no need for any action to move towards the vision. We call this gap creative tension.Peter Senge from The Fifth Discipline
The vision is transforming schools to meet the needs of our students. These schools include a clear definition of 21st century skills, authentic learning experiences and ubiquitous access to technology. To achieve the vision it requires leaders who honestly look at the reality of the current situation and then use this creative tension to move toward the vision. These leaders need to be visionaries, change agents, instructional leaders, modelers and managers.