CLIMB

  • View from Twin Peaks in San Francisco, CA

    One of the most difficult assignments given during my doctoral studies at USC, was to communicate my leadership vision in ten words or less.  For many weeks I struggled to find just the right words to describe what matters most in our work as both teachers and learners.  Then, one weekend on a visit to San Francisco (we lived in Southern California at the time), we took a trip to the top of Twin Peaks.  It was a beautiful, clear day and the view was incredible.  Standing there, looking out over what seemed to be the entire Bay Area, I thought about how our perspective expands whenever we climb.  I began thinking a lot about climbing as a metaphor for teaching, learning and educational leadership.  I define the elements of CLIMB as follows: 

    Collaborate

    Learn

    Inspire

    Mentor

    Believe