Involving Parents In the Process of
Learning
George Couros
Division Principal of
Innovative Teaching and
Learning
#TIES13
@gcouros
Communication is key.
About Me
Focus on
Relationships
“We need to teach kids to respect the
past but to live in the future.”
Marc Prensky
http://georgecouros.ca

http://connectedprincipals.com
This is not about technology;
it’s about relationships and learning.
"The role of parents in the
education of their children
cannot be overestimated."
~Unknown
Change the conversation.
Why is this important?
Justin Bieber
Involving Parents in the Learning Process
Start with your vision
bit.ly/fg-aup
Have an Open Mind
Finding Parent Leadership
36
Create Learning Opportunities
@patrickmlarkin
Use What the Kids Use
True change will not be “bottom up” or “top down”.
It has to be “all hands on deck”.
Open Communication
Learning
Together
Emails to staff (how do we bring parents into this process)
Web 2.0 used in a 2.0 way
Using a twitter hashtag
What does this lead to?
Cyberbullying...the low hanging fruit.
To inspire meaningful change,
you must make a connection to the heart
before you can make a connection to the mind.
“As the Internet has become
more central in our lives,
we have begun to witness a revival
of the importance of being
human...
#DigitalLeadership
Since the end of the Easter holidays, Martha has been
writing a daily food blog about her school lunches, with
the support...
This morning in maths I got taken out of class by
my head teacher and taken to her office. I was told
that I could not tak...
“But unlike most ten-year-olds Martha has raised
hundreds of thousands of dollars to help feed children
in Malawi, been th...
Martha shows every facet of great learning:
...real world change, making the environment
around her better, sharing her th...
“But kids often defy expectations, if you give
them the opportunity.” Shelley Wright
Conclusion
Text
What will you help
make viral?
Contact Me

Email - georgecouros@gmail.com
Twitter - @gcouros

Email - gcouros@psd70.ab.ca
Blog - georgecouros.ca
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
Involving parents in the process of learning #ties13
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  1. 1. Involving Parents In the Process of Learning George Couros Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning
  2. 2. #TIES13 @gcouros
  3. 3. Communication is key.
  4. 4. About Me
  5. 5. Focus on Relationships
  6. 6. “We need to teach kids to respect the past but to live in the future.” Marc Prensky
  7. 7. http://georgecouros.ca http://connectedprincipals.com
  8. 8. This is not about technology; it’s about relationships and learning.
  9. 9. "The role of parents in the education of their children cannot be overestimated." ~Unknown
  10. 10. Change the conversation.
  11. 11. Why is this important?
  12. 12. Justin Bieber
  13. 13. Involving Parents in the Learning Process
  14. 14. Start with your vision
  15. 15. bit.ly/fg-aup
  16. 16. Have an Open Mind
  17. 17. Finding Parent Leadership
  18. 18. 36
  19. 19. Create Learning Opportunities
  20. 20. @patrickmlarkin
  21. 21. Use What the Kids Use
  22. 22. True change will not be “bottom up” or “top down”. It has to be “all hands on deck”.
  23. 23. Open Communication
  24. 24. Learning Together
  25. 25. Emails to staff (how do we bring parents into this process) Web 2.0 used in a 2.0 way Using a twitter hashtag
  26. 26. What does this lead to?
  27. 27. Cyberbullying...the low hanging fruit.
  28. 28. To inspire meaningful change, you must make a connection to the heart before you can make a connection to the mind.
  29. 29. “As the Internet has become more central in our lives, we have begun to witness a revival of the importance of being human.” Notter and Grant
  30. 30. #DigitalLeadership
  31. 31. Since the end of the Easter holidays, Martha has been writing a daily food blog about her school lunches, with the support of her dad, as a self-initiated writing project. It also set out in the noble aim to fund the building of kitchens for less fortunate children in Malawi, through theMary's Meals charity.
  32. 32. This morning in maths I got taken out of class by my head teacher and taken to her office. I was told that I could not take any more photos of my school dinners because of a headline in a newspaper today. 
  33. 33. “But unlike most ten-year-olds Martha has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help feed children in Malawi, been the subject of a BBC documentary and been toasted by Scotland’s first Minster Alex Salmond in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle.”
  34. 34. Martha shows every facet of great learning: ...real world change, making the environment around her better, sharing her thinking with the world, having a conscious for the world beyond her immediate horizons...
  35. 35. “But kids often defy expectations, if you give them the opportunity.” Shelley Wright
  36. 36. Conclusion
  37. 37. Text
  38. 38. What will you help make viral?
  39. 39. Contact Me Email - georgecouros@gmail.com Twitter - @gcouros Email - gcouros@psd70.ab.ca Blog - georgecouros.ca
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