Learn With Us! Your Invitation to #INNOVATORSMINDSET #OSSEMOOC Book Club

We’ve come to a cross-roads in education: continue with the status quo or innovate. Where do we go next to best support each of our learners? How can we innovate our practice across the province? At its core, what is innovation in education?

 

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.  

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Further details on the Flipagram here: https://flipagram.com/f/i5w9jLfmdQ (or click on the image above)

 

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!

 

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#OneWordONT – Our Collective Focus for 2016

In this exponential age, having a focus helps us to monitor our growth in one aspect of professional practice.

In 2015, we asked Ontario Education Leaders to share a word they would focus on for the year.  It resulted in rich, shared reflection on personal practice.

This year, we have had extensive buy-in, and our collaborative word choices present an interesting perspective on professional practice in Ontario.

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Congratulations to all for choosing a focus.  Please share, using the #OneWordONT and #OSSEMOOC hashtags when you reflect on your progress throughout 2016.

We thank OSAPAC’s Julie Balen from Wikwemikong Board of Education for collating and presenting our collective words for 2016.

Lots and Lots of Self-Directed Professional Learning Options!

OSSEMOOC (Awesome-MOOC) is committed to providing OPEN, FREE and relevant professional learning for all educators, with a focus on Ontario Education Leaders.

  1. What’s your “OneWord” for 2016?

Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 3.17.39 PMTweet the word to #OneWordONT by January 15 to be included in this year’s list.

Need some inspiration?  Check these out:

Lisa Neale

Julie Balen

Melanie White

Julia Rowe

Tina Zita

Aviva Dunsiger

Diana Maliszewski

Velia Viola

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2.  Leveraging Twitter for Rich Professional Learning

3. Get your copy of Innovator’s Mindset.  The book club is coming! Contribute your thinking here.  We will start emailing details on Monday, Jan. 18.

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Twitter For Rich Professional Learning Starts Today

OSSEMOOC (Awesome-MOOC) is committed to providing OPEN, FREE and relevant professional learning for all educators, with a focus on Ontario Education Leaders.

Today we begin our 4th mini-MOOC of the 2105-2016 school year.  Please join us for 15 days of Leveraging Twitter for Rich Professional Learning. You may register for the course here*, or simply follow along as we post learning opportunities each day.

Stay tuned for more information on our provincial online book club: The Innovator’s Mindset**.  Sign up here for full email information on the book club events.

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More details here – Check out this flipagram.

Also, remember that the #OneWordONT word cloud deadline is January 15.  Share the one word that will guide your growth in 2016 using the hashtag.

 

*If you have registered, and you do not receive an email welcome by tomorrow at 8 a.m., please contact ossemooc at gmail dot com.

**Please note that there is a discount if you order 10+ books.  Contact ossemooc at gmail dot com for more information.

Kicking off 2016 With ‘OSSEM” Learning for Education Leaders

Happy 2016!

Let’s make 2016 the year you self-direct your professional learning.

TAKE CHARGE!

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Shared by Alan Levine under a CC-BY-2.0 license

OSSEMOOC (Awesome – MOOC) is a hub for free, open learning opportunities, with a focus on the needs of Ontario Education Leaders.  We invite educators to use this site to promote and organize learning events.

We respond to requests from education leaders for the kind of learning they need.

The line up for 2016 (so far):

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Get your copy of The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros, and join Ontario educators as we discuss and learn together throughout February 2016.  Follow this blog or join OSSEMOOC to be sure you get the email updates.

2. Join Principal Kim Figliomeni as we continue through “30 Days to Become a Connected Educator” (in 10 minutes per day).

3. Mini-MOOC Courses – You asked for them, and we have them!  Sign up here for Twitter and Blogging courses beginning in 2016.

4.  #OneWordONT – We did it in 2015 and we are back for 2016!  Tweet and share your one word using the #OneWordONT hashtag and let’s see where it takes us this year.

 

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