Last week I had the privilege of participating on a panel discussion at the YRDSB’s Quest conference with Lewis Morgulis (DCDSB) and Russ Coles (YRDSB). The panel was moderated by Margaret Roberts (YRDSB). I appreciate that, with permission, we were able to livestream and record the session to offer a virtual learning opportunity to other interested educators.
The panel discussion was centred around four guiding questions:
What is innovation in a K-12 context?
Share an example where innovation has been successfully implemented?
What were the elements that made your example successful?
What were the challenges?
Watch the panel session.
Following the panel discussion, participants engaged in table discussion guided by the question and statement set below.
What does innovation look like, sound like, feel like?
share personal examples
How do you engage staff that are resistant to change?
How do you build a culture where change is accepted and embraced?
Identify barriers and potential solutions
Participants also added comments, ideas and questions to a Today’s Meeting back channel. I have shared three quotes that resonated with me below.
Russ: thinking outside the box while living in the box
Mary-Anne:innovation starts when we stop accepting the status quo
Donna Miller Fry: (virtually from TBay) Innovation requires a willingness to be distrubed by M. Wheatley
Do you find these quotes & ideas intriguing? Check out the full session transcript[here] from the Todays Meet collaboration space.
The closing comment spoke for itself: As a result of your learning today, what would you do to start to implement this in your own context?
This week I have the opportunity to participate at the annual York Region DSB Quest conference on a panel discussion. Our topic is promoting innovative practices. I have received permission to livestream the panel session Thursday November 20th 2:15-3:45 p.m. EST to allow for virtual learning opportunities.
Bring IT Together 2014 has without a doubt been an amazing conference. We are stronger than ever before. One of the aspects that make this conference special is the Focusing on TOGETHER in Bring IT Together.
I want to extent an sincere thank you to the entire “Green Shirt Team” for the vision and work to plan an exciting, engaging and connecting conference. Well done!
The Journey Challenge:
As you prepare to travel back to your respective school boards, savour the highs, the new learnings and your new connections. I also want to encourage you to consider this wonderful event as the starting point of a journey. I am thinking that the most important thing that happens between now and the 2015 conference event is the journey you will take.
Some thinking prompts:
How has your growth mindset changed as a result of something that happened here at the conference?
How will you nurture the new connections you made?
Will you change the way in which you participate in professional learning?
How will you share?
How will you make your thinking visible?
What actions will you take to help a colleague move along their professional growth path?