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Courageous Journey Feature “What if?” and “I wonder if?” What 4. Reflecting on our practice – As a piece. She had the courage to embrace other questions should we be asking to lifelong learner, I need time to debrief and welcome an unknown future better understand the challenge ahead? and reflect on my practices, performance because she knew in her heart that and how I lead. I need to be open to together as lifelong learners we have the 2. Using systems thinking when constructive criticism and flexible enough great opportunity to make great things solving challenges - As a lifelong to make the necessary changes to obtain happen on behalf of our children. learner, I need to take the time necessary positive, unprecedented results. to plan, examine data and conduct an My message to all leaders: follow your organization tune-up to ensure efficiency 5. Tell your story – As leaders, we must heart and don’t miss the opportunity to and effectiveness. lead our organizations through stories of model for others how “lifelong learning success, stories of us learning, stories of changes life for the better.” It might be 3. Using 8 thinking maps to think us collaborating and creating a better the only thing that does. about our thinking – As lifelong future for our children. learners, leaders should consider modeling the use of thinking maps in helping In conclusion, I now understand why my Carlos Lopez, Ed.D., is Academic Leader for the other professional staff think about their mother made such an unselfish sacrifice Experiencia Preparatory Academy, and a grad- thinking. This process has made a signif- for me and my sisters. I figured it out uate of MASA’s Courageous Journey. Contact icant difference in my life. while writing and reflecting on this Carlos at embracegreatness@yahoo.com. www.gomasa.org 25


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