Wicked Problems Overcome Obstacles in Education

What Makes a Problem Wicked?

• Defining the problem depends on the workable solutions for tackling it.

• There is not a threshold for eliminating the problem entirely.

• Solutions can create polarity because individuals view the solution as good or bad rather than true or false. There is not a single solution.

• There is not a way to test potential solutions because the problem is malignant and creates different problems.

• Evolution of solutions through a process of trial and error are unsuccessful.

• There is no limit to possible solutions to the problem.

• Wicked problems are unique.

• Every wicked problem links to another problem.

• The problem can be explained in a variety of ways, and none of them are exclusively right or wrong.

• The problem and solution impact many people.

What are SOME wicked problems that impact education?



Health care (physical and mental)

Disproportional representation of student populations

Strategy as a Solution

Every school is unique and changes every year. Adaptive leadership is an essential element to school reform.

Leaders must manage the tension between clarity of purpose and potentially shifting goals." - Amy C. Edmondson

Learn how to improve academic achievement through research-based practices that rely on data informed decisions to improve student achievement for all populations of students.

A Strategy for School Leaders

Are Wicked Problems Ever Solved?

Solutions may only be temporary or must be adapted to use in a different setting.

Education is as eternal. Never give up on unraveling the tangled web of wicked problems that impact student outcomes.

Scarlett Papas, Ed.D.

With a focus on driving organizational change, I am regarded for serving as a transformational leader who engages stakeholders, identifies improvement opportunities, and secures buy-in for the adoption of new ideas. My career reflects my success in helping people think strategically to support initiatives that foster engagement and attention to the achievement of short- and long-term goals.

I have contributed in an educational environment for many years, and I completed my Doctor of Education, Organizational Change & Leadership from the University of Southern California. During the completion of that rigorous program, I learned valuable organizational change principles that I now apply at the Texas Education Agency to improve performance outcomes.

I am empowered to evaluate new opportunities and identify situations where change planning measures can be applied in a practical setting to realize new and improved ways of working. I consider one of my greatest accomplishments to be my ability to collaborate with others, realize the potential in new ways of thinking and working, and applying innovation to produce measurable and sustainable results.

Core Competencies Include:

►Resource Planning & Talent Development

►Organizational Design & Effectiveness

►Business Analysis & Solution Delivery

►Strategic Planning & Implementation

►Stakeholder Influence

►Change Management


Created with images by ArtsyBee - "school learning graphic" • geralt - "problem solution help" • ElasticComputeFarm - "library books knowledge" • Markus Spiske - "untitled image" • Wokandapix - "teach education school" • Santi Vedrí - "untitled image"

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a copyright violation, please follow the DMCA section in the Terms of Use.