In 2013 Tom Rudmik, founder of Master’s Academy & College and educational visionary, wrote a book for Imaginal leaders. This book puts forth a unique and compelling vision for educational transformation and a call for Imaginal leaders to make it happen.
‘Becoming Imaginal’ is an invitation to return to the cognitive sandbox to challenge not just the content of education but the actual container. He compels us to ‘think’ again about the first movers of history and ask ‘ why not education?’ ‘why not you and I?
Brian - Minneapolis
What I like about this book is that it offers solutions to this existing dichotomy. We need to change the whole system of education and not just introduce new programs into the present antiquated system and this book tells us how! Everyone who calls themselves an educator needs to read this book and begin to actively take part in making a change that will really prepare students for their future. Such a motivating read!
Amy - Toronto
Seeing and Creating the Future of Education
Thomas R. Rudmik
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About the book
In “Becoming Imaginal,” educational visionary and reformer Tom Rudmik puts forth a unique and compelling vision for educational transformation in the 21st Century. Through insights from 30 years of leadership in education, Rudmik shows that it is possible to transform the education system from a voracious consuming caterpillar into a soaring beautiful butterfly, symbolic of students being truly Future Ready--but it takes Imaginal Leaders. Imaginal leaders have the capacity to see the future and pull it creatively into the now; they have the capacity to see beyond what most people can see, and the courage, commitment, and know-how to lead the transformation process.
The book identifies five keys to becoming an Imaginal Leader.
The first key, finding your Big WHY, gives rise to a compelling vision of the future from which an Imaginal leader draws the courage and strength to make choices.
The second key is activating your personal drive. This is your commitment to pursue your vision, by discovering and activating your unique set of breakthrough drivers and by demonstrating courage, passion, initiative, perseverance, and courage.
The third key is sight, seeing the invisible. This is the ability to activate your imagination, to have insight (the ability to see what is) and foresight (the ability to see what could be).
The fourth key is the ability to create your future. This is making visible the invisible. When using this key you will begin to move from wishful thinking to intentionally creating your future.
The final key, grow, is doing the impossible, or at least what seems to be impossible. Once you have taken the limits off your thinking it is time to grow your vision beyond anything you have imagined. As your faith grows so will your vision.
To unleash the Imaginal ability, Imaginal Education offers the opportunity for leaders from schools and districts to attend an Imaginal Leaders Transformation Workshop. The Imaginal Workshop is a three day process of discovering, defining and designing your school’s future.
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Incremental transformation is significantly different than incremental improvement. Incremental improvement focuses on improving processes within an existing system while assuming that the overall system is fine. Incremental transformation sees an entirely new system and begins pulling new structures of the future model into the present. Over a period of three to five years a new system will emerge representing a significant leap into the future.
During this workshop Imaginal leaders will learn :
How to incrementally bring the desired future into the current reality and how to lead transformation with key stakeholders.
How to lead the transformation process even when the system begins to push back.
How to set conditions for powerful transformation to occur in a way that is embraced by the school, district or state.
Developing Imaginal Leaders
Imaginal leaders have the capacity to see the future and pull it into the now. They have the capacity to see beyond what most people can see, and the courage, commitment, and know-how to lead the transformation process.
Are early adopters willing to take the necessary steps to move towards their vision.
Are highly dissatisfied with the status quo.
Have the ability to positively influence an entire organization with their proactive behaviors.
Do not carry a victim mentality; rather they readily take on the challenge of transforming what they have responsibility for despite limitations.