ASCD Leaders on Reflection: Mary Beth Luttrell
A defining trait of leadership is a passion for success and continuous improvement. With progress comes new vistas and new goals, as well as new challenges to overcome in our never-ending quest for knowledge and excellence. Leaders envision a future, and great leaders shape that future. With that in mind, we asked ASCD leaders to share their thoughts on what reflection means to them as learners, teachers, and leaders.
"Reflection is the compass that charts our path and guides our journey. As educators, it is a vital tool to help us make informed choices for our students and the future of learning, teaching, and leading globally."
As the executive director of Japan ASCD, Mary Beth Lutrell has worked tirelessly to rebuild the affiliate after the tsunami and nuclear power plant devastation led to an exodus of affiliate leaders and members leaving the country. One of the more successful foundations to build on has been the one-day "technology in education" seminars she developed six years ago. The increasingly popular Try It On Monday events are one-hour workshops presented by classroom teachers on practical classroom uses of technology. The sessions, which are available in English and in Japanese, allow participants to walk away with new ideas that they can immediately try in the classroom.