Ending Fault Zones

by | Dec 11, 2015 | Coaching, Critical Thinking, Student Engagement

Traveling near the Hawaii Volcano National Park, I found a highway sign the reads “End Fault Zone.”  Certainly, it refers to the planar fracture or discontinuity in a volume of rock, across which there has been significant displacement as a result of rock mass movement.

Right! Basically a fault represents an area where the foundation is not as solid as expected leading to possibility of additional changes and shifts.  A fault leads to physical and emotional anxiety, stress and discomfort given that there has been movement before and thus a greater chance of additional movement.

The sign allows drivers, walkers and/runners in the Hawaii Volcano National Park to take a deep breath of fresh air.

This sign reminded me of my friend Dr. James Comer’s philosophy of education excellence focusing on student development and no-fault problem-solving strategies.

As I apply Dr. Comer’s orientation to my work in schools, the greatest benefit is creating a safe collaborative place for all stakeholders to deliberate and determine what is best for each student and adult to be able to fully develop.

It is truly amazing when identifying fault is removed from our conversations how  effectively we create high-quality pathways to success.

Terry Pickeral
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Terry Pickeral

Terry Pickeral, has extensive experience in policy development, advocacy, education reform, youth leadership, teaching and learning strategies, education collaborations, evaluation and civic development. His commitment is to ensuring schools create and sustain quality teaching and learning environments for all students to be successful in school and contribute to their communities as active principled citizens.
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