Out of Curiosity

Out of Curiosity

Restoring the Power of Hungry Minds for Better Schools, Workplaces, and Lives

By: Bryan Goodwin

Publication date: 2018
ISBN: 978-0-9993549-6-4

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Do you feel like misplaced priorities are preventing a breakthrough at work? That your kids’ school has all the potential for greatness but keeps turning in flat results? That connecting deeply with others seems more difficult than ever?

You’re not imagining it: Like many of us, you may feel like you’re running out of curiosity. Join Bryan Goodwin, a former business writer and high school teacher who now heads one of America’s leading education research and consulting firms, as he explores this uniquely human yet easily overlooked characteristic.

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Join Bryan Goodwin, a former business writer and high school teacher who now heads one of America’s leading education research and consulting firms, as he explores this uniquely human yet easily overlooked characteristic. Curiosity is the key to everything we treasure, and the best thing of all is that we’re all born with it—it just needs a little stirring up sometimes.

Learn how curiosity can be intentionally cultivated to:

  • Avert calamitous boardroom decisions.
  • Inspire innovative teaching and student learning.
  • Spark more meaningful conversations and relationships.
  • Generate higher levels of happiness.
  • Regain civility in our civic and political worlds.

If you’ve ever wondered . . . anything, really . . . just out of curiosity . . . then you’ve got what it takes to lead in your profession, in your community, and in your life. Because you are definitely not out of curiosity.

Pages: 208
Language: English
Publisher: McREL International
Edition: First
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Bryan Goodwin

Bryan Goodwin is president and CEO of McREL International. For 21 years at McREL, he has translated research into practice, scanning the world for new insights and best practices on teaching and leading, and has helped educators everywhere adapt them to address their own challenges. A frequent conference presenter, he is the author of Out of Curiosity: Restoring the Power of Hungry Minds for Better Workplaces, Schools, and Lives and Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success, as well as co-author of Curiosity Works: A Guidebook for Moving Your School from Improvement to Innovation, Unstuck: How Curiosity, Peer Coaching, and Teaming Can Change Your School, Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning: Tools for Achieving Success in Your School, and The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching: A Checklist for Staying Focused Every Day. Before joining McREL in 1998, Bryan was a college instructor, a high school teacher, and a business journalist.

Education: M.A. Rhetoric and Communication Studies, University of Virginia; B.A. Professional Writing and Environmental Studies, Baylor University

Pete Hall

“All too infrequently in life, our brains are legitimately challenged, forcing us to acknowledge our thinking and look at experiences, goals, and our actions through a different lens. Bryan’s newest tome, Out of Curiosity, provides that nudge quite aptly. With a thorough exploration of brain research, personal anecdotes, and a flair for engaging, authentic writing, Bryan captivates us with encouragement to ponder, to question, to reflect, and to embrace our natural curiosity. Life is good, or so they say – and Bryan has shared a very real, very practical, and all-encompassing way to make it better.”


“As a lifelong advocate of reflective practice, I was intrigued by Bryan’s latest contribution to the discussion. With heavy doses of wit, research, and real-talk, “Out of Curiosity” explores a rather obvious – but often untrodden – path to improvement: in work, in school, in relationships, and even politics. This is a book I couldn’t put down, and I’ll read it again and again!”

—Pete Hall, President of Strive Success Solutions, co-author of Creating a Culture of Reflective PracticeThe Principal Influence, and Fostering Resilient Learners

Randy Ziegenfuss, Ed.D.

"Bryan Goodwin hooks your curiosity from the beginning, connecting curiosity and longevity in life and asking a curious but compelling question, ‘Could curiosity be a cure for what ails us?’ Bryan takes you on a journey that will pique your own curiosity and help you design the conditions for curiosity in the world and the lives of the children in our schools. You’ll be inspired by Bryan’s compelling call to action for elevating the role of curiosity to solve our greatest challenges and make the world a better place."

—Randy Ziegenfuss, Ed. D., Superintendent of Salisbury Township School District, co-host of TLTalkRadio podcast

Fred Ende

“Goodwin’s masterful melding of research, real-life experiences, and thought-provoking questions left me committed to putting curiosity at the forefront of how I learn, lead, and live.”

—Fred Ende, Assistant director of Curriculum and Instructional Services at Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, author of Professional Development That Sticks

Kim Marshall

“A thoughtful analysis of why curiosity is a missing element in so many lessons, with specific suggestions on how the best teachers tap students’ innate desire to explore the unknown.”

—Kim Marshall, Education author and consultant, publisher of The Marshall Memo

Harvey Silver

“Bryan reminds us that it begins with ‘twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are,’ that wonder and curiosity are natural forces in all of us that need to be rekindled in our schools if we are to make learning engaging and meaningful.”

—Harvey Silver, Education coach and consultant, co-founder of Silver Strong & Associates, and co-author of The Core SixThe Strategic Teacher, and Tools for a Successful School Year