Bryan Goodwin is President and CEO of McREL International, a nonprofit research and service organization that translates research into practical solutions to help students flourish across the U.S., Caribbean, Canada, Pacific region and Australia. He is the author five books, including Unstuck: How Curiosity, Peer Coaching and Teaming Can Change Schools (ASCD, 2018), Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning: Tools for Achieving Success in Your School (ASCD, 2015), The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching: A Checklist for Staying Focused Every Day (ASCD, 2013), Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success (ASCD, 2011) and The Future of Schooling: Educating America in 2020 (Solution Tree, 2011). He also writes ASCD’s monthly “Research Says” column for their Educational Leadership magazine. Prior to joining McREL, Bryan was a college instructor, high school teacher in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, and business journalist. He has presented research findings and insights to audiences in the Mideast, North America, Pacific, and Australia. He holds a B.A. from Baylor University and an M.A. from the University of Virginia.
Keynote: Flip the script with student curiosity
Curiosity is as powerful a predictor of student success as IQ, and student motivation matters as much to student outcomes as teacher quality. Yet both are often overlooked in our efforts to improve student outcomes in schools. In fact, the longer students stay in school, the less curiosity and motivation they demonstrate. So, what if we were to focus our efforts on restoring students' curiosity and motivation? Might everything else get easier … and more joyful? Hear from research and real-life success stories about how schools can "flip the script" on improvement efforts-not by forcing change from the "outside-in," but rather, by changing the "inside-out," starting with what's inside every student and waiting to come out: their curiosity.