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
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?
Please share your innovation ideas!