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!
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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. EST
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. EST
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!