What Works: Leadership

  • Build on outstanding examples of approaches and formats to revitalize teaching and learning, looking beyond single classrooms, departments, and institutions for reforms that can be adapted in other settings.
  • Energize gifted and respected leaders in the faculty and administrative ranks, give them the requisite flexibility, responsibility, and resources to affect change.
  • Understand the critical questions at each stage in the process of reform, and ask then in a context of mutual respect and shared commitments.
  • Have a prescient understanding of the students of today and of the future in which they will live and work.
  • Take risks, seek new collaborators and supporters, develop partnerships that dissolve boundaries within the academy and within the larger community.
  • Broaden the discussion, redefine the problem, and understand the kaleidoscopic nature of efforts to build natural science communities that serve the national interest.