Leading Innovative Change
George Couros
Division Principal of
Innovative Teaching and Learning
#PSD70
“Transformational leaders don't start by
denying the world around them. Instead, they
describe a future they'd like to cre...
About Me
Focus on
Relationships
Pier 21, 1958
Dad
“We need to teach kids to respect the
past but to live in the future.”
Marc Prensky
Be More Dog
This is not about technology;
it’s about relationships and learning.
Why Change?
We need to rethink school.
“If you don't like change,
you're going to like
irrelevance even less.”
General Erick Shinseki

From: http://www.flickr.com...
“The Interwebs (slang) allow students to take
their learning into their own hands and give it
life, meaning and apply thei...
The world is mobile.
Learning happens everywhere.
“I decided to drop out of school to pursue
photography...”
We are all connected
tweetping.net
Isolation is now a choice education makes.
Tap into the “human” side of the web.
“As the Internet has become
more central in our lives,
we have begun to witness a revival
of the importance of being
human...
To inspire meaningful change,
you must make a connection to the heart
before you can make a connection to the mind.
You have an impact.
Our kids look up to what we do...
Our kids need our guidance.
The biggest shift for leaders
using technology
is not skill set;
it’s mindset.
“What we model is what we get.”
Jimmy Casas
The Big Question

Would you want to spend the whole day
learning in your own classroom?
It is not enough just to be different;
it has to be better.
Notter and Grant

From: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pagedooley...
Leading Innovative Change
Start with the “why”
"Create a compelling vision,
one that takes people to a new place, and
then translate that vision into a reality." Warren ...
vision
Parkland School Division is a place
where exploration, creativity and
imagination make learning exciting
and where ...
Learning First, Technology Second
Business vs. Education
What is best for kids?
4 Guiding Questions For Your IT Department

What is best for kids?

How does this improve learning?

If we were to do ____...
“Freedom is actually a
bigger game than power.
Power
is about what you can
control.
Freedom
is about what you can
unleash....
Create Meaninful Learning
Experiences With Staff
“To innovate, disrupt your routine.”
http://georgecouros.ca

http://connectedprincipals.com
Help move people from their
“Point A” to their “Point B”.
Simone Bauer, with a Master of Arts in piano
performance, B Ed in music teaching, is an
innovative music specialist
at Blu...
Day 50: Evan, Student (Blueberry School)
Original from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bombardier/15371858/

“...And truth be told, teachers should be responsible for...
Narrow Your Focus
Literate --> Adaptive --> Transformative
Move to meaningful creation.
“Learning is creation, not
consumption.
Knowledge is not
something a learner
absorbs, but something a
learner creates.”

O...
“They have to be interactive
producers, not isolated
consumers.”
John Seely Brown
Build Based on Strengths
Our job in education is not to control talent,
but to help find and unleash it.
How long did it take to
film and edit?
I started in November, but
then I had to start from
scratch a couple months
afterwa...
“There are intrapreneurs who bring
significant innovative changes from
within an organization.”
(Swearingen, 2008)
“Intrapreneurial spirit” in schools will
more than likely lead to “entrepreneurial
spirit” outside of them.
Embrace an Open Culture
Everyone is a teacher, everyone is a learner.
Learning
Together
"Figure out a way to
create systems that
allow those hunches to
come together..."
~Stephen Johnson
“But kids often defy expectations, if you give
them the opportunity.” Shelley Wright
Steps Towards Innovative Change
(Non-Sequential)

1. Focus on Learning First,
Technology Second

2. Create Meaningful Lear...
Steps Towards Innovative Change
(Non-Sequential)

4. Focus on Strengths

5. Create and Embrace an
Open Culture
Concluding Thoughts
128
Original from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ben_grey/4582294721/

Make sharing the “default”.
Jump!
The Biggest Game Changer in Education?
Open your world...Open their world.
Contact Me

Email - georgecouros@gmail.com

Twitter - @gcouros

Blog - georgecouros.ca
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From the #ASBA Presentation, November 2013. Looking at some of the work happening around the world and how Parkland School Division is embracing change as an opportunity to do something great for students.

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  • Thanks so much for this share- I really like how it was stated that our continual learning is really up to us. A child doesn't wait for a workshop before they jump into new apps or programs- a great reminder- thanks!
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  • Leading innovative change is about leadership. Unfortunately, most teachers and business leaders think their job is to direct and control and that only gets compliance not innovative change. They need to shift to providing whatever the person needs to become better at what they do and a better person, a mentor and a coach.
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  1. 1. Leading Innovative Change George Couros Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning #PSD70
  2. 2. “Transformational leaders don't start by denying the world around them. Instead, they describe a future they'd like to create instead.” Seth Godin From: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bdesham/ 3259862682/
  3. 3. About Me
  4. 4. Focus on Relationships
  5. 5. Pier 21, 1958
  6. 6. Dad
  7. 7. “We need to teach kids to respect the past but to live in the future.” Marc Prensky
  8. 8. Be More Dog
  9. 9. This is not about technology; it’s about relationships and learning.
  10. 10. Why Change?
  11. 11. We need to rethink school.
  12. 12. “If you don't like change, you're going to like irrelevance even less.” General Erick Shinseki From: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasarobonaut/5478897371/
  13. 13. “The Interwebs (slang) allow students to take their learning into their own hands and give it life, meaning and apply their passion to what ever they choose.... But the question is, are the schools teaching for yesterday or tomorrow?”
  14. 14. The world is mobile.
  15. 15. Learning happens everywhere.
  16. 16. “I decided to drop out of school to pursue photography...”
  17. 17. We are all connected
  18. 18. tweetping.net
  19. 19. Isolation is now a choice education makes.
  20. 20. Tap into the “human” side of the web.
  21. 21. “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
  22. 22. To inspire meaningful change, you must make a connection to the heart before you can make a connection to the mind.
  23. 23. You have an impact.
  24. 24. Our kids look up to what we do...
  25. 25. Our kids need our guidance.
  26. 26. The biggest shift for leaders using technology is not skill set; it’s mindset.
  27. 27. “What we model is what we get.” Jimmy Casas
  28. 28. The Big Question Would you want to spend the whole day learning in your own classroom?
  29. 29. It is not enough just to be different; it has to be better. Notter and Grant From: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/4196773347/
  30. 30. Leading Innovative Change
  31. 31. Start with the “why”
  32. 32. "Create a compelling vision, one that takes people to a new place, and then translate that vision into a reality." Warren G. Bennis
  33. 33. vision Parkland School Division is a place where exploration, creativity and imagination make learning exciting and where all learners aspire to reach their dreams.
  34. 34. Learning First, Technology Second
  35. 35. Business vs. Education
  36. 36. What is best for kids?
  37. 37. 4 Guiding Questions For Your IT Department What is best for kids? How does this improve learning? If we were to do _________, what is the balance of risk vs. reward? Is this serving the few or the majority?
  38. 38. “Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash.” Harriet Rubin
  39. 39. Create Meaninful Learning Experiences With Staff
  40. 40. “To innovate, disrupt your routine.”
  41. 41. http://georgecouros.ca http://connectedprincipals.com
  42. 42. Help move people from their “Point A” to their “Point B”.
  43. 43. Simone Bauer, with a Master of Arts in piano performance, B Ed in music teaching, is an innovative music specialist at Blueberry School.
  44. 44. Day 50: Evan, Student (Blueberry School)
  45. 45. Original from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bombardier/15371858/ “...And truth be told, teachers should be responsible for their own PD now. Kids wouldn’t wait for a blogging workshop. Adults shouldn’t either.” Will Richardson
  46. 46. Narrow Your Focus
  47. 47. Literate --> Adaptive --> Transformative
  48. 48. Move to meaningful creation.
  49. 49. “Learning is creation, not consumption. Knowledge is not something a learner absorbs, but something a learner creates.” Original from: http:// www.flickr.com/photos/ fotologic/410355440/
  50. 50. “They have to be interactive producers, not isolated consumers.” John Seely Brown
  51. 51. Build Based on Strengths
  52. 52. Our job in education is not to control talent, but to help find and unleash it.
  53. 53. How long did it take to film and edit? I started in November, but then I had to start from scratch a couple months afterwards, so I spent months and months on it. What’s your background in video editing? I just do it for fun. I’m self-taught.
  54. 54. “There are intrapreneurs who bring significant innovative changes from within an organization.” (Swearingen, 2008)
  55. 55. “Intrapreneurial spirit” in schools will more than likely lead to “entrepreneurial spirit” outside of them.
  56. 56. Embrace an Open Culture
  57. 57. Everyone is a teacher, everyone is a learner.
  58. 58. Learning Together
  59. 59. "Figure out a way to create systems that allow those hunches to come together..." ~Stephen Johnson
  60. 60. “But kids often defy expectations, if you give them the opportunity.” Shelley Wright
  61. 61. Steps Towards Innovative Change (Non-Sequential) 1. Focus on Learning First, Technology Second 2. Create Meaningful Learning Experiences 3. Narrow Your Focus
  62. 62. Steps Towards Innovative Change (Non-Sequential) 4. Focus on Strengths 5. Create and Embrace an Open Culture
  63. 63. Concluding Thoughts
  64. 64. 128
  65. 65. Original from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ben_grey/4582294721/ Make sharing the “default”.
  66. 66. Jump!
  67. 67. The Biggest Game Changer in Education?
  68. 68. Open your world...Open their world.
  69. 69. Contact Me Email - georgecouros@gmail.com Twitter - @gcouros Blog - georgecouros.ca
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