Books​

I have been honored to be able to connect and share my learning over the years in this space. If you would like to dive into more of my work, below is a list of books that I have available.

The Innovator’s Mindset

Kids walk into schools full of wonder and questions. How you, as an educator, respond to students’ natural curiosity can help further their own exploration and shape the way they learn today and in the future. The traditional system of education requires students to hold their questions and compliantly stick to the scheduled curriculum.

But our job as educators is to provide new and better opportunities for our students.

It’s time to recognize that compliance doesn’t foster innovation, encourage critical thinking, or inspire creativity–and those are the skills our students need to succeed.

In The Innovator’s Mindset, I encourage teachers and administrators to empower their learners to wonder, explore–and become forward-thinking leaders. If we want innovative students, we need innovative educators. In other words, innovation begins with you.

Ultimately, innovation is not about a skill set: it’s about a mindset.

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What Makes a Great Principal

Dive into the collective wisdom of George Couros and Allyson Apsey as they lay out a transformative vision for school leadership. ‘What Makes a Great Principal?’ is not just a book—it’s a roadmap for educational excellence in dynamic times.

Discover stories from the field, insights that challenge convention, and actionable strategies that will turn your leadership into a beacon of inspiration for your school community.

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Innovate Inside the Box

The answer to creating innovative teaching and learning opportunities lies within you.
Every educator faces constraints—from budget restrictions to predetermined curriculum to “one-size-fits-all” mandatory assessments. The question is, how can you, as a teacher or administrator, ensure that regulations and limitations don’t impede authentic learning?

In Innovate Inside the Box, George Couros and Katie Novak provide informed insight on creating purposeful learning opportunities for all students. By combining the power of the Innovator’s Mindset and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), they empower educators to create opportunities that will benefit every learner. Couros and Novak show you how to…

  • Leverage the Core of Innovative Teaching and Learning with a focus on developing meaningful relationships.
  • Develop the 8 Characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset in your students—and yourself.
  • Use UDL to proactively design learning experiences that foster voice and choice while addressing barriers that impede learning.
  • Create learner-driven, evidence-informed learning experiences that provide all students with options and choices to maximize success.
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Because of a Teacher

What you do matters.

You may not hear it often (or ever), but if you’re an educator, you’re making a difference in the lives of learners. And that impact has a domino effect.

In Because of a Teacher, more than fifteen of today’s leading educators remember the teachers and administrators who inspired and supported their careers. Through a series of heartfelt and uplifting stories, they reflect on their early years teaching, offering advice and strategies suited to first-year teachers and longtime educators alike.

These personal stories offer hope for new teachers, encouragement for educators tiptoeing into burnout, and reassurance that the work you’re doing right now will inspire generations to come.

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Because of a Teacher (Volume II)

Inspiration for Educators by Others Who Have Been There

In this latest volume in the popular Because of a Teacher series, George Couros sets out to ask seasoned educators a simple question: “What advice would you give to your first-year teacher self?” The answers from this diverse group of professionals are powerful, honest, and eye-opening. Their stories reflect expertise and vulnerability as they discuss what they wish they’d known when they started and share about the changes they’ve faced and the challenges still unfolding before them. Their thoughts and experiences serve as beautiful reminders that teaching, like learning, is an endeavor of continuous growth.

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