PMP 256: Disruptive Thinking with Eric Sheninger

Eric Sheninger is an Associate Partner with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this, he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership, his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement. His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. 

This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures. As a result, Eric has emerged as an innovative leader, best selling author, and sought after speaker. His main focus is using research and evidence-based practices to empower learners, improve communications with stakeholders, enhance public relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunity, transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally in the digital age. 

Eric has received numerous awards and acknowledgments for his work and is the author of seven books, including his newest Disruptive Thinking in our Classrooms: Preparing Learners for their Future.

In this week’s podcast episode, Eric provides takeaways on the following:

  1. The science and practice of disruptive thinking for student learning and how he has applied this mindset to his own learning as an education leader.
  1. The four spheres of disruptive thinking: comfort zone, fear zone, learning zone, and growth zone. How he has found those concepts helpful for encouraging growth, not perfection in learning.
  1. Ideas on engaging learners, including conversations sticky, personalized or collaborative instruction.
  1. Final thoughts and ideas about disruptive learning as educators begin a new school year – even as they navigate uncertainties.

Listen-in to this week’s conversation for answers and feedback on these questions and more! Thank you again for doing what matters!

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William D. Parker
William D. Parker