Are You Designing Systems for People to Comply or Innovate?

In Creative Confidence, Tom and David Kelly highlight that despite the expertise and history of success at Kodak, the company suffered from the knowing-doing gap, which prevented them from making the transition from what they had always done, to successfully navigating the shift toward the future of the industry. From their work with the leaders… Read More Are You Designing Systems for People to Comply or Innovate?

The Impact of Leadership on the Change in Learning and Teaching

The extent to which leaders create the culture for learning and innovation in their schools often results in diverse approaches to teaching and learning. Foundational to this is the notion that is highlighted in the the new Future Ready Leaders Guide by EdSurge: Becoming a “Future-Ready School” does not mean replacing existing curriculum and instructional practices… Read More The Impact of Leadership on the Change in Learning and Teaching

The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! #IMMOOC

I love hearing how educators are shifting their thinking about learning, teaching, and leading as they read The Innovator’s Mindset.  It is amazing to see what happens when educators connect about ideas in the book build on these ideas to impact those in diverse communities around the world.   For this reason I am excited to facilitate the Innovator’s… Read More The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! #IMMOOC

6 Questions to Align Your Vision, Policies, and Practices

Establishing a shared vision amongst diverse stakeholders is critical when trying to implement wide-scale change. Cultivating a shared vision requires “practices aimed at identifying new opportunities for the school, and developing, articulating, and inspiring others with a vision of the future” (Ng, 2008, p. 5). When systems struggle to meet desired goals, it is often a result of… Read More 6 Questions to Align Your Vision, Policies, and Practices

Culture is Everything in Schools

I read this article recently, Workplace Culture is Everything: 20 Ideas For Building a Thriving Team. In the article the author describes two scenarios of workplace culture–one where workers are stressed and burned out and another where workers are empowered and inspired to create and grow. I love this description of a powerful culture: There is nothing more invigorating… Read More Culture is Everything in Schools

If You Struggle With the Implementation, Revisit the Why

I rarely meet teachers that are against doing what’s right for their students.  Typically, when teachers are resistant, their experiences, beliefs and expertise are not aligned  with (or there is a lack of understanding of) the desired changes in teaching and learning. This happens a lot when districts focus on “digital transformations” or other technology focused… Read More If You Struggle With the Implementation, Revisit the Why

7 Essentials that Foster a Culture of Learning and Innovation

I have had the opportunity to engage with leaders in the monthly Vista Unified School District’s Personalized Learning Challenge Steering Committee. Guided by the district’s Blueprint for Excellence and Innovation, there are 8 schools embarking on a personalized learning challenge and true to form, each school is personalizing and creating a model that meets the needs… Read More 7 Essentials that Foster a Culture of Learning and Innovation