Learner-Centered Innovation

I am thrilled to announce that my book, Learner-Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion and Unleash Genius is officially out! I am so grateful for the support, encouragement, and excitement about this day from so many of you. 
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Here is an excerpt from the back cover:

What if education could be betterfor students and for educators?

Our changing world demands creative thinkers and collaborative problem solvers, but too often, schools stifle growth and discovery in favor of getting through the curriculum or preparing for “the test.” Learning opportunities and teaching methods must evolve to match the ever-changing needs of today’s learners.
When we tell kids to complete an assignment, we get compliance. This required change in education involves more than providing training for administrators and teachers to implement new curriculum or programs and resources; it demands that we, as teachers and leaders, create an environment where learners at every level are empowered to take risks in pursuit of learning and growth rather than perfection.
This book is for you if you are wondering . . .

  • What if learners were valued for their diverse talents and not just our traditional model of “smart”?
  • What if I could create new and better experiences for those I serve?
  • What if I could inspire students to learn, to discover their passions, and to share their ideas with the world?

“This must-read book will inspire you to create experiences that develop learners, workers, and citizens who will thrive in a changing world.”

Linda Darling-Hammond, president, Learning Policy Institute

“Katie not only provides an analysis of what’s (glaringly) wrong in education, she also paints a bright vision for what’s possible and provides a practical roadmap for how we might get there.”

Kaleb Rashad, director, High Tech High, San Diego

“In Learner-Centered Innovation, Martin eloquently shares evidence-based, practical ways to ignite curiosity, develop passions, and unleash student genius through the types of learning experiences that today’s modern learners need to thrive in tomorrow’s world.”

Thomas C. Murray, director of innovation, Future Ready Schools

Learner-Centered Innovation is an inspirational call to action for all educators who dream of a brighter future for our children.”

Devin Vodicka, chief impact officer, AltSchool

 
My greatest hope is that this book catalyzes conversations about what is possible in education and that we can all work together to create the best schools and learning experiences that empower learners to see their strengths, build on them and find their place in the world.
 
This book is the product of the lessons I have learned from my family, friends, teachers, coaches and so many colleagues along the way. I can’t begin to thank all the people who have contributed to this journey but I am forever grateful for the impact of so many in my life.
 
I can’t wait to hear what you think!
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