INNOVATIONTHAT STICKS
Real Examples From Real Schools
May 2, 2014
CHRIS KENNEDY
Superintendent of
Schools,West
Vancouver S...
ALL ABOUT CULTURE
“Culture Eats Strategy
for Breakfast”
A Culture of
Innovation
A Culture of
Yes
More than
just trying
stuff –
disciplined
inquiry
Feeling
permission
takes time
Focus on a Few
Things
Inquiry
• No one “model”
• It is more than just
asking questions
Self-Regulation
• Start to focus at the
younger grades
• ...
Common secondary
timetable
• One District Campus
• Joint Ownership of
students and learning
School Wide
Signatures
• Every...
ALIGNING RESOURCES
Learning Teams
 Dedicated
$100,000 for
teams to use –
micro-budgeting
 Meet inside and
outside the
sc...
“So if you ever wondered if the
innovation grants were making a
difference – just take a look at what’s
going on here! The...
DISCUSSION
What are the structures in your
school and district that are promoting
a culture of innovation?
NEW ROLE FOR PARENTS
Parents are part of the process not just
observers of the polished product
INNOVATION IN ACTION
Letter grade
free
assessment
Maker
movement
iPads in
elementary
music class
Reggio Emilia
inspired
pr...
What is
something that is
“sticking” in your
school and / or
district that didn’t
exist 3 years ago?
DISCUSSION
What Does Support Look Like?CELEBRATE RISK TAKING
SHINE A LIGHT ON INNOVATION
MATTERS
WHERE LEADERS SPEND THEIR TIME MATTERS
Teachers
Schools
Districts
Governments
• Will make it easier
for students...
• Will make it easier
for teachers...
• Will ...
Yeah, but . . .
?How do you
scale the work
YOU DON’T
YOU CONNECT AND BUILD NETWORKS
Think diffusion not replication
Where you can find me:
ckennedy@sd45.bc.ca
604-202-4379
@chrkennedy
Chris Kennedy
cultureofyes.ca
www.sd45.bc.ca
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Keynote Presentation given at the Network of Innovation and Inquiry Conference on May 2, 2014 in Richmond, BC.

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Innovation That Sticks - Real Examples from Real Schools

  1. 1. INNOVATIONTHAT STICKS Real Examples From Real Schools May 2, 2014 CHRIS KENNEDY Superintendent of Schools,West Vancouver School District 2014 Networks of Inquiry and Innovation Symposium #NOII2014 Stories of Change: Pictures of Possibility
  2. 2. ALL ABOUT CULTURE
  3. 3. “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast”
  4. 4. A Culture of Innovation A Culture of Yes More than just trying stuff – disciplined inquiry Feeling permission takes time
  5. 5. Focus on a Few Things
  6. 6. Inquiry • No one “model” • It is more than just asking questions Self-Regulation • Start to focus at the younger grades • Looking across domains Digital Access • Start with teachers • Modernize classrooms • Embrace BYOD in the context of equity
  7. 7. Common secondary timetable • One District Campus • Joint Ownership of students and learning School Wide Signatures • Every school needs an elevator pitch • They don’t need to be the same but need to be part of a coherent network STRUCTURES
  8. 8. ALIGNING RESOURCES Learning Teams  Dedicated $100,000 for teams to use – micro-budgeting  Meet inside and outside the school day  Work with a mentor  Ends with a celebration ALIGNING RESOURCES
  9. 9. “So if you ever wondered if the innovation grants were making a difference – just take a look at what’s going on here! There is a massive shift in teaching and learning” Elementary School Principal
  10. 10. DISCUSSION What are the structures in your school and district that are promoting a culture of innovation?
  11. 11. NEW ROLE FOR PARENTS
  12. 12. Parents are part of the process not just observers of the polished product
  13. 13. INNOVATION IN ACTION Letter grade free assessment Maker movement iPads in elementary music class Reggio Emilia inspired programs Bienalle arts projects across schools Passion projects Heart rate monitors in PE
  14. 14. What is something that is “sticking” in your school and / or district that didn’t exist 3 years ago? DISCUSSION
  15. 15. What Does Support Look Like?CELEBRATE RISK TAKING
  16. 16. SHINE A LIGHT ON INNOVATION
  17. 17. MATTERS WHERE LEADERS SPEND THEIR TIME MATTERS
  18. 18. Teachers Schools Districts Governments • Will make it easier for students... • Will make it easier for teachers... • Will make it easier for schools... • Will make it easier for districts... To be FLEXIBLE
  19. 19. Yeah, but . . . ?How do you scale the work
  20. 20. YOU DON’T YOU CONNECT AND BUILD NETWORKS Think diffusion not replication
  21. 21. Where you can find me: ckennedy@sd45.bc.ca 604-202-4379 @chrkennedy Chris Kennedy cultureofyes.ca www.sd45.bc.ca

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