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
Innovation as George Couros defines it in the Innovator’s Mindset is a way of thinking that creates something new and better. So why is innovation necessary in education? There is wide agreement that we need to rethink the outdated factory model of education to meet the needs of all learners in our schools. Increasing access to… Read More Is Innovation in Education Necessary?
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
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
This week I spent a great deal of time with various leaders trying to understand their roles. I was taken back by these leaders who are so passionate about their work and have a great deal of experience and expertise, yet they shared feelings of inadequacy in meeting the needs of those they serve. These leaders,… Read More Who’s Leading the Leaders?
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
I was inspired by the questions and decided to join the #OSSEMOOC blog hop this week as they discuss the The Innovator’s Mindset. In the book, George Couros shares a process for creating a vision to dream big and figure out what is important. I love the “What If” questions to push thinking and move beyond what… Read More Moving from What is to What if?
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
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
After many technology driven initiatives and false hopes of technology as a silver bullet, there is a new mantra in education today: “It’s not about technology, it’s about the learning”. This is the message that has begun to sink in as people recognize that technology alone will not change learning for the majority of students.… Read More What Message Are We Really Sending About Learning and Technology?