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Co-Creating the Future

A Leadership Simulation to Catalyze School Change

By: Richard Bernato

Richard Bernato empowers district and school leaders to apply futuring, design thinking, collaborative leadership skills, and systems practices using simulation. Discover a seven-phase process that leaders can use to model the impacts and outcomes of changes that affect long-term needs, school culture, and academic success.

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Strategies to build a future-oriented mindset in leaders

Experiment with change in your school or district through an interactive leadership strategy. Richard Bernato empowers leaders with a seven-phase leadership simulation that creates a safe space for leaders to craft and modify future strategies. Casting school leaders in roles inside and outside of school, this book allows educators to address real-world futures-based concerns like demographics, economics, academics, and politics.

K–12 school and district leaders will:

  • Understand the importance of safe experimentation in leading effectively
  • Facilitate a simulation of key areas of concern in their profession
  • Learn the seven phases of a simulation and how to handle team dynamics
  • Use futures-based leadership practices to empower teams
  • See real-life simulation scenarios applied by other leaders

Related Topics

21st Century SkillsLeadershipSchool Improvement

Additional Information

Product Code: BKG155, EKF700

ISBN: 9781958590812

Published By: Solution Tree

“The future and planning for it masterfully belong to Richard Bernato, as he outlines how to simulate future changes in a safe environment. Whenever there is change, there is conflict. However, Richard brilliantly lays out the blueprints for promoting change while minimizing conflicts.”

Craig Markson, educational leadership program director, Stony Brook University, New York

“A must-read, Co-Creating the Future offers strategies and tools for current and future school leaders to solve issues effectively and collaboratively in their own educational organizations. By utilizing simulations, leaders can role-play and engage in hands-on predictive problem solving to determine whether proposed solutions will be effective in remedying the identified issues.”

Roger Bloom, assistant superintendent for personnel, Westbury Union Free School District, New York

“Richard Bernato defines leadership futuring as examining what is, what is likely to occur, and what is preferred within a gaming simulation. He describes simulations as safe ways to experiment and lays out all the necessary easy-to-follow steps to conduct a futuring simulation.”

Robert J. Manley, former dean, School of Education, Dowling College, New York

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