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Collaborate. Create. Learn.

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Discussing the vision for schools and how we need to work together to be better for our students

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  • Fantastic George, I enjoyed meeting you at the Cegsa Conference and will be making staff aware of your ppt's here, thanks for sharing.
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  • Hi George...I just watched your slide presentation and would also love to use a few of the slides to motivate my teachers...My task this year is to help create a culture of learning at my school. Can you send it to me directly at rgellman@eesd.org?
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  • Hi George, I very much enjoyed your slide presentation and was hoping to use some of the slides to show my teachers. Unfortunately, although I have a slideshare account I could not download your presentation because it is in a file that I cannot open. Can you send it to me directly? Or give me some direction? Thanks, MJ
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Collaborate. Create. Learn.

  1. 1. Collaborate. Create. Learn. Creating the schools our kids need
  2. 2. http://todaysmeet.com/igenatl
  3. 3. http://bit.ly/igenatl#igenatl
  4. 4. I was there...
  5. 5. ...now I’m here.
  6. 6. IF WE COULD START FROM SCRATCH,WHAT WOULD SCHOOLS LOOK LIKE?
  7. 7. Remember...kids are different now.
  8. 8. THIS IS ABOUT THEEVOLUTION OF SCHOOLS
  9. 9. “Instead, the individuals who are emerging as the new “winners”—the new thrivers—of the twenty-first century are those who possess above-average creativity, strong analytical skills, a knack for foresight, and—surprise, surprise—good people skills.” Stephen Covey
  10. 10. From: http://engage.education.alberta.ca/ inspiring-action/
  11. 11. TrinityStudent
  12. 12. They lost money because they didn’t adapt. What are we willing to lose?
  13. 13. WHAT ARE WEWAITING FOR?
  14. 14. Collaborate. Create. Learn
  15. 15. Collaborate.
  16. 16. You.Me. We.
  17. 17. “Everybody needs help in this game...Were all susceptible to falling down andbeing exposed. But when we lose our fear of that, and look to each other, thenvulnerability turns into strength, and we can take responsibility for our place in the larger context of the team and embrace a vision in which the group imperative takes precedence over personal glory.” ~Phil Jackson
  18. 18. AUTONOMY. MASTERY. PURPOSE.
  19. 19. “We dont need sweeter carrots and sharper sticks...weneed a whole new approach.”Daniel Pink
  20. 20. “Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined, and connectedto one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives.” Daniel Pink
  21. 21. What works for us, often works for kids.
  22. 22. Motivation aAutonomy: The urge to directour own lives.Mastery: The desire to getbetter at something that matters.Purpose: The yearning to dowhat we do in the service ofsomething larger than ourselves.
  23. 23. Motivation...in schools aAutonomy: The urge to direct Autonomy: The urge to directour own lives. our own teaching/learning. Mastery: The opportunity andMastery: The desire to get time to deepen and improve ourbetter at something that matters. practice.Purpose: The yearning to do Purpose: The importance ofwhat we do in the service of contributing to the greater schoolsomething larger than ourselves. vision.
  24. 24. When people in organizations focus only on their position, they have little sense of responsibility for the results produced when all positions interact. Moreover, when results aredisappointing, it can be very difficult to know why. All you can do is assume that “someone screwed up.” - Peter Senge
  25. 25. SCHOOL TEACHERS VS.CLASSROOM TEACHERS
  26. 26. WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL CHILDREN
  27. 27. Learning needs to be seen as a continuous journey, not done in “chunks”.
  28. 28. Conne
  29. 29. WE NEED TO DRAW UPON THEEXPERTISE OF OUR PARENTS.
  30. 30. Revisiting Learning Spaces
  31. 31. We need to rethink andeffectively use our learning spaces
  32. 32. “Involve your students’ parents as much as you can. Trythinking of them as your students as well, that is, as people you are educating.” Marc Prensky
  33. 33. The Power of Sharing
  34. 34. Connected Principals
  35. 35. Create.
  36. 36. “We should not be blown away by our students; we should be expecting even more from them.” Marc Prensky
  37. 37. Flow
  38. 38. IF WE HAVE ACCESS TOALL INFORMATION, HOWDO WE MOVE FORWARD?
  39. 39. From: http:// www.ecorazzi.com/ 2008/02/13/british- supermarket-tesco-doubles-order-for-free- range-chickens/Is this picture okay to have in this presentation?
  40. 40. From: http:// www.ecorazzi.com/ 2008/02/13/british- supermarket-tesco-doubles-order-for-free- range-chickens/Is this picture okay to have in this presentation?
  41. 41. cc licensed flickr photo bysteren.giannini: http://flickr.com/ photos/steren/2732488224/
  42. 42. PASSION (PERSONALIZED) BASED LEARNING
  43. 43. “We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  44. 44. “Once children leave childhood, they can neverreturn. Childhood affords them thetime to be creative dreamers.” Jenifer Fox
  45. 45. A CHILD’SIMAGINATION IS ENDLESS
  46. 46. Transfer ofOwnership
  47. 47. Innovation Day
  48. 48. Student Led Assemblies Hip Hop Identity Day Forest Green NewsStudent Led Conference 1-1 Laptop Program
  49. 49. If we are doing a good job in schools, weare not only preparing our students to be leaders in the future, but leaders today.
  50. 50. THIS IS NOT LIMITED TO STUDENTS...
  51. 51. “Leadership is communicatingpeople’s worth and potential soclearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.” Stephen Covey
  52. 52. Our ProfessionalDevelopment Plan
  53. 53. Learn.
  54. 54. It is not enough to simply stand our ground and expect people to follow us. As leaderswe sometimes need to cross the bridge, meet people where they are, and walk beside them as they move to where we know we need to be.
  55. 55. The most important role a leader can play education is that of a learner.
  56. 56. TRANSPARENT ANDCONTINUOUS LEARNING
  57. 57. http://georgecouros.cahttp://connectedprincipals.com
  58. 58. Continuous (Transparent) Learning
  59. 59. LEAD LEARNER VS. TEACHER
  60. 60. WE NEED TO ASK THE SAMEOF OURSELVES THAT WE DO OUR STUDENTS.
  61. 61. Growth Fixed What is your mindset?
  62. 62. DOES THIS LOOKDIFFERENT FROM GRADE TO GRADE?
  63. 63. We need to focus on engaged learning,not big rewards.
  64. 64. Learning vs. Performance
  65. 65. This kills me
  66. 66. The question that should be behind every answer in education... what is best for kids?
  67. 67. Moving Forward
  68. 68. We can no longer work in isolation
  69. 69. We need to learn alongside our students
  70. 70. How many of us purposefully andexplicitly model the learning process for our children? How many of us stand up in front of kids and say,"This is what Im learning right now.” Scott McLeod
  71. 71. THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILL WE NEED TO IMPART TO OUR STUDENTS ISLEARNING TO LEARN
  72. 72. No matter how far we are,we need to get on the path.
  73. 73. We have to keep asking...WHAT WILL MAKE YOUR CLASSROOM SCHOOL EXCEPTIONAL?
  74. 74. GET BETTER...OUR KIDS DESERVE IT
  75. 75. Contact MeEmail - georgecouros@gmail.com Email - gcouros@psd70.ab.ca Twitter - @gcouros Blog - georgecouros.ca

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