How do you move from “pockets of innovation” to a “culture of innovation”? How do we start to innovate inside of the box? What does innovation mean for education, and should every educator be an innovator? These are questions that George Couros addresses in his book, “The Innovator’s Mindset”, and will continue to dig deeper… Read More Join us for the Innovator’s Mindset MOOC Starting on 2/27 #IMMOOC
What does your ideal classroom look like? I asked a district leader a while back what his ideal classroom looked like and he responded, “It’s hard to put my finger on it but I know it when I see it.” This response is more common than not. Think about that for a minute. If… Read More What does your ideal classroom look like?
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 There is wide agreement that we need to rethink the outdated factory model of education to meet the needs of all learners in our schools.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
It’s been 15 year since I opened the doors to my first group of 7th graders and I can remember it like it was yesterday. I moved across the pacific ocean from San Diego to Oahu, Hawaii to teach 7th graders. Many thought I was crazy and maybe I was. To this day I will never… Read More Why We Must Invest in Relationships First
If you have have been wanting to read or reread The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros, now is the time! I will be helping to facilitate this MOOC with George beginning in September. It is a great opportunity to engage with people both locally and globally to learn, share, reflect and most importantly make an… Read More The #InnovatorsMindsetMOOC (September 2016)
Throughout my career, teaching kids and adults in diverse districts and courses, I have lived in between higher ed and K-12. In higher ed there is a mantra to publish or perish, and throughout grad school, I had adopted this philosophy. I thought I had to publish in traditional journals to accomplish anything. Following in the foot steps of… Read More Embracing Open Learning
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
Have you ever left a meeting, PLC, or any other professional development session wondering what the purpose of the time together was and still unclear about what is expected of you? Unfortunately, you are not alone. This happens time and time again at all levels of education and then we pass on these same experiences… Read More 5 Reasons Professional Development is NOT Transforming Learning