- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Dave Burgess Consulting, Incorporated (Oct. 21 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0986155497
- ISBN-13: 978-0986155499
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 358 g
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity Paperback – Oct 13 2015
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About the Author
George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator and as a school and district administrator. He is a sought after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe. George is also the creator of ConnectedPrincipals.com, an initiative that brings educa- tors and leaders together from around the world to create powerful learning opportunities for students.
Although George is a leader in the area of innovation, his focus is always the development of leadership and people and what is best for learners. His belief that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people's hearts is modeled in his writing and speaking. You can connect with George on his blog, "The Principal of Change" (located at georgecouros.ca) or through Twitter (@gcouros).
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Here is the short of it:
-#InnovatorsMindset is told in a narrative the draws readers into the learning story.
-This book is great for Central Admin, Principals, Teachers and Parents - everyone can be a learner!
-This will open the reader up to new perspectives, new ways of thinking and most importantly, new ways of learning.
-Not only a passionate narrative, but George lays out a solid foundation and plan to improve school culture and the learning environments in
-The ideas in this book are transformational!
And the long of it:
I have read many a resource on supporting learners, assessment, leadership, 21C teaching and learning and innovation. Many of these books, while having some valid points, lack the personal touch and narrative. These two points are extremely important when it comes motivating staff to take action and bring about a change in learning for students. The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros (@gcouros), has BOTH of these and easily engaged our staff.
The personal narrative the George winds throughout the book entices readers along in their learning journey throughout all of the chapters. This narrative causes readers to reflect on their practices and asks them if they are bringing out the best in our students. Further to this, the narrative also encourages staff to create a safe culture and to focus on building relationships where all people feel safe as they challenge their current practices and educational philosophies.
Our staff have been reading this book as we re-examine our school's vision and we craft our new direction and it meshes perfectly with what we are doing. The discussion questions at the end of each chapter assist staff to deepen their understanding and broaden the possibilities of innovative learning opportunities. The resource links that George provides are current, relevant and engaging and are highly suitable for professional learning opportunities. They really help to illustrate the points that George makes and they resonate with staff.
Initially we purchased copies of this book for just our school leadership team. Our staff were so engaged and passionate about the book, we purchased copies for everyone in our school. We are also undertaking the revision of teaching and learning for our entire school board; and we purchased copies of The Innovators Mindset for everyone on the committee.
George's book is a must have for any organization looking to help people move out of their comfort zone in order to build innovative learning environments for students.
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