Generative Learning


According to Peter Senge (MIT professor) generative learning “enhances our capacity to create.” Engaging in generative learning involves linking existing knowledge about a subject with emerging ideas, resulting in a more individualized understanding about its systemic significance.

James L. Roussin

Strategic Change Consultant

& Leadership Coach

14285 St. Croix Trail N.

Stillwater, MN 55082

Phone: 763-439-0835


"If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place"

--Margaret Mead


For the past twenty-six years, Jim Roussin has been committed to improving teaching and learning in schools across the US and abroad.  He has worked as a Language Arts Teacher, Gifted Coordinator, ESL Coordinator, Curriculum Director, Executive Director of Teaching, Learning & School Improvement, Adjunct Professor, and Educational Consultant.

Jim is currently working as a Strategic Change Consultant and is the Executive Director for Generative Learning.

Jim helped to revitalize the Minnesota Staff Development Council from 1998 – 2004 and served as its President for four of those years. He also served as a board of trustee on the National Staff Development Council from 2007 - 2009.

He is a teaching associate for Human Systems Dynamics (an institute that is using complexity theory to impact organizational development work). He is also a national trainer for Leadership Development, Cognitive Coaching, Adaptive Schools, QLD (Quality Leadership by Design) - S.M.A.R.T. Goals, and Program Evaluation.

In February of 2006, Jim traveled to India on a Berkana Learning Journey to explore new forms of leadership that are emerging in global communities. And in 2009,  he spent four months working in the Middle East with ASCD-Middle East in supporting the Ministry of Education in implementing new professional development standards around brain-friendly classrooms.

Jim’s current interests focus on healthy organizations and human development through the lens of natural systems theory and complexity science.

Jim Roussin can support your

                                organization in

                                 the following  


  1. Cognitive CoachingSM

  2. Advanced Coaching Skills

  3. Program Evaluation for  Assessing Impact

  4. Leadership Development

  5. Strategic Planning for living in times of Chaos, Complexity, & Change (Article-April 2007)

  6. Team Development Skills & Group Dynamics

  7. Systemic Change and program Implementation

  8. Employee Performance & Appraisal Systems

  9. Conflict Resolution

  10. Mentoring & Employee development

  11. Leadership Coaching

  12. Resource and Asset Mapping  during times of growth, change, or transition

  13. Strength-Based Organizational Development

  14. Board development (communication, focus & effectiveness)

  15. Brain Based Learning & Cognitive Development