Chapter 1: What Innovation Is and Isn’t

Chapter Synopsis:

The word “innovation” is thrown around a lot in education, but what does it really mean, and why is it important in our schools today?  The focus of this chapter is to define the term innovation, give examples of what it is (and isn’t), and start the conversation on how we need to embrace this notion to create better opportunities for learners.

Further Reading/Exploration:

3 Ways Starbucks is Innovating and Why You Should Care
Bill Ferriter’s Flickr Page
PVS Green Thumbs Instagram Page
Katie Martin: Creating a Culture of Innovation vs a Transformation


Further Viewing:

Blockbuster Offers Glimpse of Movie Renting Past
Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action
Carl Bass: The New Rules of Innovation

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is an example of a practice that you would consider to be innovative? How is it new or better than what you had before?
  2. How do can you create opportunities for innovation in your leadership? In your teaching? In your learning?
  3. What has changed in our world today that not only makes innovation easier to do, but necessary for our students?


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