Disruption and Immunity

"If you attempt disruptive innovation in any large organization, it's immune system will come and attack you."

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Permeate and Transcend

Often, when we are deep in the thinking and doing of making change, we focus on embedding the change in a defined area or process, or with a specific group. Usually, the hope* is that it will then percolate into other areas and processes over time. Sometimes though, we aim higher - to have the … Continue reading Permeate and Transcend

Learning Momentum

I was speaking to a group of teacher candidates recently, and asked them to finish the sentence, "I want the students in my class to be...". I captured their responses in this word cloud. No surprise that engaged was by far the most popular answer (as well as one person who just wanted them to … Continue reading Learning Momentum

Starting From Scratch

The second Blog Hop in the Innovator's Mindset series asks... If you were to start a school from scratch, what would it look like? I think if we could build a new school from scratch, with no constraints, no barriers, no no's, it would look very different from what we have now. It would also feel and … Continue reading Starting From Scratch

Innovator’s Mindset. It’s liberating!

The Innovator's Mindset is the catalyst for an interactive, collaborative and differentiated thinkfest. Through the power of OSSEMOOC, educators from all over the world are participating in a series of Google Hangouts as a springboard to a larger conversation about innovation. The first section deals with innovation in education: ‘What it is, what defines it, and what it … Continue reading Innovator’s Mindset. It’s liberating!

Staff Empowerment and other Superpowers

School leaders have superpowers. Not the old standards like invisibility, flight or x-ray vision, but something with more impact and longevity. Empowerment! And as Uncle Ben says, "With great empowerment comes great responsibility." Having a staff who are (and know they are) empowered to be creative, to innovate  and to have meaningful input into directing their professional … Continue reading Staff Empowerment and other Superpowers

Fluid Potential

You can't participate in an EdChat or read an EduBlog these days without someone mentioning growth mindset. The work of Carol Dweck and Jo Boaler around fostering growth mindsets has found its way into school districts around the world. More recently, there has been a groundswell of students talking the growth mindset talk. The growth mindset … Continue reading Fluid Potential