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Launching Innovation in Schools

Become A Change Leader And Take The First Step Towards Launching Initiatives To Improve Teaching And Learning.

About This Course

Every great teacher and every great school constantly work towards creating better learning conditions for students. Just as we hope our students become lifelong learners, we as educators should be constantly learning and improving. This education course is for school leaders of all kinds (from teacher-leaders to principals to superintendents) who are launching innovation in schools—starting new efforts to work together to improve teaching and learning.

Over seven weeks, you and your classmates will complete a cycle of study, experimentation, and reflection to gain confidence and skills to lead instructional improvement efforts. Through experiential activities and assignments, you will begin working with colleagues to envision the next level of work for your team or organization, to launch a new initiative, and to measure your progress along the way. Based on the work of Justin Reich (Teaching Systems Lab, MIT) and Peter Senge (MIT Sloan), this course will focus on visioning and capacity-building, with an emphasis on collaboration and building partnerships with stakeholders at multiple levels.

At the end of the course, you will have started the process of launching an instructional improvement initiative in your school or learning environment, and you will better understand yourself as a leader and change agent. You will have made connections with peers who are also undertaking this important work.

This course has been funded by Microsoft and is part of the Microsoft K-12 Education Leadership initiative developed to provide resources to K-12 school leaders around the world as they address the unique needs of their schools in a changing educational and technology landscape.


Course Overview

Unit 0: Welcome

Orientation and Logistics

Unit 1: Launching Innovation in Schools

Introduction to the core principles and defining a problem of practice

Unit 2: Bringing People Together Around Ideas They Care About

Identifying strengths and gaining a better understanding of your context and network

Unit 3: Refining a Vision & Getting to Work

Reflecting on innovative learning models, creating a coherent vision for change, and identifying first concrete action steps

Unit 4: Working Together Through Ups and Downs

Facing the challenges arising from collaboration

Unit 5: Measuring Progress and Adjusting

Exploring the process of measuring progress, determining acceptable and meaningful evidence, and implementing adjustments

Unit 6: Sustaining Innovation in Schools

Presenting and sharing work, final reflections

What You’ll Learn

Educational leaders—from teacher-leaders to principals to superintendents — will learn about:

  • Bringing people together around ideas they care about
  • Refining a vision and creating coherence
  • Getting started with a new instructional improvement initiative
  • Working together through challenges and successes
  • Measuring progress and adjusting along the way

Course Resources

Launching Innovation in Schools: Course To-Go

Launching Innovation in Schools: Facilitator’s Guide

Launching Innovation in Schools: Reading List

 

Content Handouts

 

Take-out Packages

 

Featured Schools/Organizations (in the order they appear in the course)

 

Model Menu

Need inspiration for “What awesome looks like?” Check out our model menu with a list of ideas, approaches, models and examples that may be useful for your problem of practice.

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