As we get ready to go into a new year, I have a favor to ask. I’ve been asked to work on a project involving high school students across the country. My pilot program has over 400,000 high school students in it. As a former high school athlete and a person who loves a good challenge, I’m very excited about the project. I’ve just started doing my research and have uncovered a glaring problem that I need your help to overcome. I’m not a parent, Tricia and I have never had any children and unless you consider Jesse and Sammi (our dogs) good prospects for cross country, it doesn’t look as if we are likely to have any.
As an organizational psychologist, I’ve worked with many different groups but have limited exposure to high school age children. I know how children turn out and even why some children turn out the way they do, but I have limited exposure to their challenges. As my nieces and nephews can tell you, I’ve always treated them as adults.
I’ve committed 25% of my time to work in the schools and help create a winning game plan for my client and partner’s organizations. 20 years ago, I worked with the Governor Voinovich in Ohio and Dr. Deming to create a better school system by partnering with many of the Ohio’s better corporations to help fund a number of projects to improve the quality of schools. I focused on a top down approach and it involved me meeting many influential CEOs and getting them to sponsor a number of programs across the country. It worked well but to be honest it may not have been the best approach to getting the results we wanted. I struggled with many regional educational bureaucracies that made the politics at the Pentagon seem tame by comparison.
Today we live in a different world; there are many ways to get unfiltered feedback from parents, administrators, coaches, teachers, and students today. I want to make sure we create real world solutions for our children’s most pressing challenges. I know the world has changed and in many cases, we have failed to understand the possibilities that exist for our children that did not exist for us. Not that we have time to consider all our options or can even afford to implement the best solutions. I’m hoping to build a coalition that can help all of us improve our children’s education. I need your help. If you are interested in helping me please let me know. I’m not looking for a lot of time but enough to better understand what it’s going to take to help your children get the results they deserve for the time you and they invest in school. So now that you have a better idea about what I’m working on, are you interested in helping? I start interviewing people in January and would love to hear from you if you want to be involved.
Please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, we can then set up a time for a phone interview. If you want to see changes in your child’s educational opportunities, make a difference; get involved by dropping me a line.