Bloomington School Board:
John Moravec: Educate for the future of work
From the Minneapols Labor Review, October 25, 2019
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
BLOOMINGTON —“We need to attend to the human side of our organization and working families,” says John Moravec.
Moravec is running for Bloomington School Board At Large with endorsement from the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation AFL-CIO and Bloomington Federation of Teachers.
“Our district right now seems to be run from the viewpoint of an accounting model that works in an Excel spreadsheet,” he observes. “We’re not just budget lines. We’re an organization of people. We need to put students first, along with teachers and staff.”
“We’re losing good people. They feel they’re not being listened to or respected,” Moravec says. “Bloomington is a tough place to try anything new… Give teachers the space to lead the conversation where they want to go.”
Moravec is a self-employed educational consultant who has a Ph.D. in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota.
“The work that I do, a lot of it is trying to figure out what the future of work is going to be,” he says, and how schools need to respond, teaching “flexibility, adaptability, soft skills.” He developed the concept of “Knowmads” and his ideas have led to the creation of three Knowmads schools in Europe and Asia plus a high school in Mexico.
Note: The Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO also has endorsed Nelly Korman and Mia Olson for Bloomington School Board At Large. Voters may vote for up to three candidates in the race.