#IMMOOC Part Two: Culture of Innovation

Creating the Conditions to Empower all Learners

In Aotearoa, New Zealand, as part of a whakataukī, (proverb) we have the following, in answer to the question, He aha te mea nui o te ao

What is the most important thing in the world?:

He tangata, He tangata, he tangata

It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

Chapter 4 is all about this - the people and relationships! I love the succinct way George summarises the 'Characteristics of the Innovative Leader' (refer to blogpost here). In a nutshell, they are: Visionary, Empathetic, role model, risk taker, networked, observant, team builder + always focused on relationships.

Like my twitter handle + blog domain, I truly believe in the strength of empowerment. Yes, we want to be engaged, however to be agentic, and to have ownership over our learning, we must be empowered to learn, lead and innovate. This is applicable for all learners, leaders and educators. My whakataukī incorporates the idea of being empowered, together:

Aukaha, Kia Kaha!

Source: Thanks George Couros http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/3586 + Sylvia Duckworth

The wero - challenge:

To ensure we are creating a culture of powerful learning, as leaders (and we are all leaders of learning), it is our moral purpose to ensure we are creating the conditions for this to happen.
How might you:
 empower your learners to make the 'What Ifs', their reality?

#IMMOOC Episode 3 

Featuring: Kaleb Rashad
I loved listening to Kaleb Rashad - his enthusiasm is contagious as an inspiring passionate educator. Kaleb is clear about his key message at High Tech High - Project Based Learning (PBL) and EQUITY - meaning getting the most our of every learner - finding their passion and purpose to bring out their best. Check out more here. This made me recall Claire Amos' 'Blue Sky High' blogpost, which was subsequently published in NZCER's set: Research Information for Teacher 2016.

Key Takeaways:

  • Human Centred Design
  • Trust Risk taking Innovation Progress - love the acronym TRIP - we are on a journey, moving forward - improvement for all 
  • Intentional Leadership - telling your story - who I am, what I care about, aspirations, beliefs, vulnerability

As Leaders, you need to create the conditions for TRUST development:
- Know each of your team - strengths, values, fears, hopes, 
- Empathy and openness
- Teachers - need a voice, choice and autonomy

Rapid Cycles:
Divergent ways of thinking
Sense making (convergent thinking)

Here is the GHO - Episode 3 in case you missed it:

It would be great to grab a list of all the #ProfReading suggestions @Kaleb as  it was an impressive reference list (Paige Couros would agree!)

Watch this space - my next few blog post reflections will focus on CORE Education's annual educators' conference: 

#ULearn16 #uAko16 #cenz16 #notatulearn16


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