Author Archive for George Couros

George Couros, is currently the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning located at Parkland School Division, located in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada. The schools are from ages K-12, and he loves working with kids of all ages. He is passionate about distributed leadership within his school, and believes that creating a collaborative environment with all stakeholders, will help to ensure that educators meet the best needs of all children. You can learn more about George on his own blog entitled "The Principal of Change".

Communication and Community

When people first jump into social media, specifically Twitter, there seems to be this inclination from administration to start a Twitter handle (ie @sampleschool) so that they can communicate what is happening in their school community.  This is a great…

Shaping Innovation

Innovation is not about the “stuff; it is about a way of thinking. This is something that I have stated several times, but as in the McLuhan quote stated above, the tools that we have, sometimes help shape our thinking,…

The Culture You Create

I have always believed that relationships are the foundation of a great school. It is unlikely that people will really push their learning and be innovative if they do not like the people they are around all day. This is…

Innovation Is Not a One Time Event

I have had a lot of interesting conversations about the notion of “The Innovator’s Mindset“, and this graphic sharing the characteristics (courtesy of Sylvia Duckworth): One of the things that have to really see is that innovation in school is…

Learners Are the Driver

The following image was created by Alberta Education several years ago: Although it is no longer used, I still find the image to be a very powerful visual for what learning can look like in schools.  The ideas are not…

Innovation Is Not a One Time Event

I have had a lot of interesting conversations about the notion of “The Innovator’s Mindset“, and this graphic sharing the characteristics (courtesy of Sylvia Duckworth): One of the things that have to really see is that innovation in school is…

Learners are the Driver

The following image was created by Alberta Education several years ago: Although it is no longer used, I still find the image to be a very powerful visual for what learning can look like in schools.  The ideas are not…

The Unexpected Becoming the Norm

At a recent conference, I listened to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction for Oklahoma, Joy Hofmeister, address a group of principals.  She was very open and transparent about some of the struggles that educators would have to deal with…