What does it mean to have an innovator’s mindset? And, how do we create a culture of innovation?
Using George Couros’ Innovator’s Mindset book as a provocation, edtech leaders from across Ontario will engage in book club conversations about innovation in their personal and collective practice.
Join us in conversation as we explore the ways in which we can move innovative change forward in the service of our students. We will begin with questions from each chapter along with our own wonderings, and let the conversations go where they may. We invite everyone who participates to share their questions, their ideas, and their stories. We have provided a sample overview of what each segment might look like, but the conversations are intended to be driven by you.
We hope you will join in the conversation!
Using George Couros’ Innovator’s Mindset book as a provocation, educators from across Ontario, in a variety of leadership roles, will engage in book club conversations about innovation in their personal and collective practice.
We are a group of Ontario leaders who are interested in delving deeply into the ways in which we can move innovative change forward in the service of our students. We will begin with some of the discussion questions in the book, and our own wonderings and let the conversations go where they may. We invite everyone who participates to share their questions, their ideas, and their stories. We have provided a sample overview of what each segment might look like, but we the conversations are intended to be participant driven.
We invite you to join in the conversation!
Innovation in Education: ‘What it is, what defines it, and what it looks like in practice.’
Tuesday February 9th, 8 p.m.-9 p.m.
In this segment we will discuss the concept and characteristics of innovation presented in chapters 1-3 of the book. We will also discuss the ways in which we see ourselves, our schools and our Districts exemplifying these characteristics, the innovative practices happening in our Districts, the conditions that have made this possible, and some of the obstacles that get in the way. Participants are invited to share their ideas and their own stories
Laying the Groundwork: ‘Empowering a culture of learning and innovation’
Tuesday February 23rd, 8 p.m.-9 p.m.
This segment will focus on chapters 4-7 and will explore a few of these questions:
What are the conditions that are required for schools and Districts to move forward? How can issues such as equity, privacy, & safety be met without stifling a culture of change? What does an innovative leader look like? How can we empower students and staff to take risks? How do we move from vision to reality?
Unleashing Talent: A Collaborative Journey
Tuesday March 8th, 8 p.m.-9 p.m.
Based on chapters 8-12, we hope to explore how leaders might practice balancing trust and autonomy with strong mentorship. We will also consider the role of technology in our schools. What is personalized learning and how can technology help with personalization? What might leaders be looking for when they look for innovation in a classroom?
Concluding Thoughts: ‘Relentless Restlessness’
Tuesday March 22th, 8 p.m.-9 p.m.
Chapters 13 and 14 are named Concluding Thoughts. In our last book club discussion, we will consider what successful implementation of innovation looks like and how we might measure that success. We will explore one thing we’d like to change immediately and what actionable steps can be taken to make that change a reality. We will share our stories and next steps and we invite you to share yours!
Panelists and Moderators
Leigh Cassell, Avon Maitland District School Board, @LeighCassell
Tina Zita, Peel District School Board, @Tina_Zita
Jennifer Casa-Todd York Catholic District School Board, @JCasaTodd
Patrick Miller Simcoe County DSB, @pmillerscdsb
Alannah King Upper Grand District School Board, @banana29
Lisa Noble Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB, @nobleknits2
Stacey Wallwin Superior-Greenstone DSB, @WallwinS
Donna Fry OSSEMOOC/OSAPAC/ECOO, @fryed
Mark Carbone OSSEMOOC/OSAPAC/ECOO, @markwcarbone
If you are interested in registering as a panelist for the Google Hangout on Air, or you would like to receive email updates/ DM (Twitter Direct Messages) leading up the event, please register here!