Try this quick activity to incorporate some design thinking tools into your next study abroad office meeting

Every day before I start work, I take 30 seconds to mentally zoom out from the tasks at hand (the overflowing inbox, the project management to dos, the bright post its decorating every inch of my desk) and think about the WHY. Why it is I do what I do. For me, it’s always been about people. I currently work on a large campaign to increase the number of U.S. students who study abroad — (Did you know that less than 10% of American students will go abroad during their college experience?!) …

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The Disruptive Design Masterclass, Valle de Bravo, Mexico, May 2016

Learning to Love the Problem

When I consider the past 5 years that I have spent working on education reform, and the complexities of the U.S. education system, I often find myself overwhelmed with analysis paralysis (over-analyzing a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, essentially paralyzing the outcome).

From my experience in K-12, to my current role in higher education, my mind weaves an intricate web of the School-To-Prison Pipeline, The Opportunity Gap and racial disparities in graduation rates , U.S. Students Underperforming and Higher Education not preparing students for the shifting economy. As I look back on my personal experience and the wealth of information that outlines the issues, I find myself asking: to what extent, in my life and work, do I engage in critical dialogue, entrenched in the system, and subsequently succumb to this paralysis without moving towards alternatives?


Micaela Mathre

education reformer : digital strategist : urban farmer

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