THE FWSU STORY: Educators Develop Innovative Professional Learning Practice

Identify-Learn-Improve cycle

Several teachers from all 3 schools are wrapping up their graduate-level professional course offered by FWSU. In the Innovation Mindset Through Collaborate Apprenticeship course, teachers explored ways to incorporate innovative ideas to improve learning.

Innovators Mindset by George Couros book cover

Couros, G. (2015). The innovator’s mindset: empower learning, unleash talent, and lead a culture of creativity. San Diego, CA: Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.

Throughout the course, teachers were challenged to actively design an innovative learning practice for implementation. Participants began by identifying an authentic, practical innovation practice for their own instructional setting that connected with a personal set goal. After some research, teachers selected an idea they wanted to deepen their learning about and agreed to develop a plan through a coaching partnership with the instructor.

All of the learning was completely personalized for each teacher. Instead of meeting in traditional sessions, teachers organized their course schedule around research, planning, implementation, and reflection. A variety of amazing new learning activities developed as result.

In the end, the participants collaborated with colleagues and the instructor to share their creative learning ideas, and most importantly, develop emerging strategies for innovation!

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