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#EdJourney by Grant Lichtman

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Chapter 1Time: The Most Common Obstacle to Change in Schools

At the end of a long day of school visits in Denver, I spoke with Alan Smiley, head at St. Anne’s Episcopal School. He talked about the need to balance rapid innovation with maintaining a center of focus for students and adults that does not change. I knew that he had touched on a very important theme, but I also knew I was tired from eight hours of interviews at two schools that day and would not grasp his real meaning without time to reflect. This idea was there, teasing me, just past the range of my understanding, as I wrapped up at St. Anne’s, drove out of Denver in a rainstorm, and settled in for the long drive to Kansas City.

As it turned out, I did not get to Kansas City that ...

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