Peak Uncertainty: Not the Preferred ‘Mountaintop Experience’

By Mark LaCelle-Peterson - Remember how summer is when we catch our breath? It’s when we slow down to reflect, plan for fall, and, if accreditation is among our responsibilities, dig into data. Or it used to be; things are rather different this year. This summer, in the midst of ever-changing conditions, all of us in higher education are consolidating lessons from the disrupted semester past and looking ahead into a cloud of questions. It feels like we’ve reached peak uncertainty, and the view from that summit is anything but clear.

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This Ill Wind: The Good We’ve Seen, the Changes to Come

By Mark LaCelle-Peterson - As this strange semester comes to a close, we can pause to reflect on what we’ve learned so far and to think critically about what lies ahead—the knowns as well as the unknowns. Like all ill winds, this one has blown in a few good lessons already. But navigating in its wake will demand careful planning, flexibility, and responsive innovation; success for all of us across the P-20 system will depend on collaboration and partnership.

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