Wanted: Disruptive Innovators

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger recently received Chief Executive magazine’s “2014 CEO of the Year” award. The magazine outlined the tremendous hurdles Iger had encountered after becoming CEO of Disney in 2005 and described his three-pronged approach for dealing with these issues.

1. Invest most of the company’s capital in creating high-quality, branded content and experiences
2. Embrace technology and use it aggressively to enhance the quality of products, and this the consumer experience
3. Get closer to customers by becoming more efficient as a company

My favorite quotes from the article:
Technology had to become a significant middle name for the company.
…transformative change was not expected from an insider...”

In a related article in Bloomberg, Iger was commended on his stewardship of Disney by a member of the selection committee as being “...a disruptive innovator in taking the entertainment industry to another level using media and new technology.”

The lesson in all of this for me: to continue to be successful, even Disney had to change with the times!

I believe most people would agree with the three following statements:
  • Technology is changing our daily personal lives.
  • Technology is here to stay.
  • Technology is going to keep changing at an ever increasing rate.

Now ask teachers these questions:

  • Is technology changing the way you teach daily?
  • Is technology in your classroom to stay?
  • Are you going to keep updating the way you use technology in the classroom?

Suddenly, there is a fracturing of the faith, and a wall of resistance of various degrees becomes apparent:

  • That’s not the way we’ve always done it.
  • If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
  • We have state accountability assessments.
  • No time. We are too busy!

Perhaps educators need “technology” to become our  “middle name”
Perhaps education needs transformative change from the insiders
Perhaps educators all need to become “disruptive innovators”!
After all, even education has to change with the times.

I encourage you to read the complete article in Chief Executive Magazine: “How Bob Iger Remade the House that Walt Built“.  It talks about vision, the value of failure and honesty and more. A great read!
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Board Meeting Tonight

The Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting tonight. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and be held in the HS library. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

The Board will hear the following reports:

  • RevTrak
  • 12-13 Drop Out Data
  • Preliminary FIRST Rating
  • Attendance Comparison
  • 2014 Certified Taxable Values – Van Zandt County

Agenda Items include:

  • Approve minutes of previous meeting
  • Consider financial reports for June
  • Update on 2014-2015 budget
  • Consider proposal for duct work at Middle School, High School Auditorium, and High School Band Hall
  • Consider 2014-2015 collection contract with Henderson County Tax Office
  • Consider Proposed Tax Rate for 2014-2015
  • Consider Proposals – Student Accident Insurance
  • Review Local Policy (FFG) and FFG(Legal) – Child Abuse and Neglect Policy
  • Consider revisions to policy EIE(Local)
  • Consider Changes to policies DIA(Local) and FB(Local)
  • Consider Student Code of Conduct for 2014-2015
  • Review Student Handbook for 2014-2015
  • Review Community and Student Engagement Assessment for 2014
  • Review Employee Handbook for 2014-2015
  • Review Food Allergy Management Plan
  • Consider General Waivers as presented: Modified Schedule State Assessment Days; Timeline for Accelerated Instruction; Texas Assessment Management System Date Portal
  • Closed Meeting – During the closed meeting the Board will discuss personnel matters and student transfers. Any action on closed meeting items will be taken in open session.