Robert has collaborates with David Hyerle at Designs for Thinking, Thinking Foundation and Thinking Schools International. He brings a wide range of interests and skills that support developing vision to actual implementation of transformative design for and with thinking schools and organizations. In addition to his two decades as an Education/NGO consultant, he has taught at the elementary, high school and university levels. Previously he owned a record label. His professional experiences in education and non-profit organizations (NGOs) include collaborations with whole schools, school districts, foundations, non-profit organizations and foundations. He currently lives with his partner and their two children in Indianapolis, Indiana USA.
Robert collaborates with leaders and whole organizations in education and with NGOs. He supports them with:
- improving whole organization communication;
- establishing systems thinking practices;
- developing transformative design plans through collaborative process, and;
- implementing change throughout the organization.
Robert’s collaborative approach supports your current programs while facilitating pro-active change. Robert does not lecture – he “walks his talk” in participant centered approaches and on-site applications. He addresses your specific needs and visions by modeling his techniques, and coaching you though their application. Robert believes there is no single recipe for creating a great school or organization. In his experience successful schools and organizations share many common traits. His collaboration applies these traits to achieving your vision.
Several key areas of interest and collaborations include:
- Thinking Schools Ethiopia www.thinkingschoolsethiopia.com
- Student Voice Projects
- Whole School Change collaborations
- NGO collaborations
More information on Robert may be found on his website at www.eggplant.org
Robert’s work is grounded in multi-directional development — a belief system and model where all participants recognize their own capacity for aiding the others globally: ideas and innovation originate within and across all places globally.
His thoughts on assessment (and assessment methods that really connect with thinking) include: if you don’t know the child/youth, you cannot teach them effectively and with intentionality. If you have an understanding of who they are, how they think, you will be able to thoughtfully engage in the learning process with intentionality. If you approach the learning environment (schools and NGOs) as the ‘third teacher’, you will greatly enhance outcomes.