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SEEing to Lead

Nov 15, 2021

Dagan currently works as the K-8 Capstone Coordinator at Hawai’i Preparatory Academy in Waimea on Hawai’i Island with additional experience in music, digital media, and mathematics instruction. A strong believer in developing student agency and supporting skills for a “future curriculum”, he is an advocate for using design, futures, and music thinking to support productive collaboration among educators. Dagan is also a musician who loves writing, recording, and performing at farmer’s markets and coffee shops throughout Hawai’i Island.

Key Takeaways:

  • Leadership is a skill
  • We need to model leadership for our students
  • Leadership is not about a title so anybody can become a leader if given the opportunity
  • Get to know your teachers for who they really are. Be intentional about getting to know people on a personal level
  • It's important to give people safe spaces to express themselves as openly as possible
  • You need to create the conditions for people to feel as if they can take risks and speak up
  • We need to have and model a curious mindset
  • Flatter models of the leadership structure need to make their way into education
  • Work on keeping your own personal creativity alive
  • Non conformity is often a valuable resource
  • Plinko is a bad model for leadership

Get in Touch:

Twitter @daganbernstein


website at

Music or look him up on Spotify.

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