David Irwin is the executive director of the District Administration Leadership Institute. Previously, Irwin worked for 14 years at Gartner Inc., the world’s leading research and advisory firm, where he served as senior managing partner. He led Gartner’s K12 education practice, partnering with school boards, superintendents and other district leaders to support and lead countless district strategy and mission-critical transformational initiatives.
I never studied Whole Child education in a classroom and never learned about it in my Broad superintendent training. Instead, I learned Whole Child from children: my own kids, and the 47,000 students of the Sacramento City Unified School District, where I arrived as a newly-minted Superintendent in August of 2009.
The final statement in the article Are we wired to learn? begged for a sequel to propose possible solutions to overcoming barriers that impede the ability to fully develop brain compatible learning opportunities for students.