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About George Couros
George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator and as a school and district administrator. He is a sought after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe.
Although George is a leader in the area of innovation, his focus is always the development of leadership and people and what is best for learners. His belief that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people's hearts is modeled in his writing and speaking. You can connect with George on his blog, "The Principal of Change" (located at georgecouros.ca) or through Twitter and Instagram (@gcouros).
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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.
In volume I, George Couros wrote: “A teacher’s influence doesn’t stay in school. It goes out into the world and cannot truly ever be measured. Every student you inspire to do something great goes on to inspire others. There is no limit to your impact.”
You are reading this book because of a teacher, and someone will go on to do great things because of you.
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.
Because of a Teacher will inspire you to
- remember those who encouraged your love of learning;
- honor and thank educators who have advocated for you, championed your career, and equipped you with the skills necessary to lead;
- reflect on how far you’ve come since you entered the profession.
“Whether you are in your first year of teaching or nearing your last, Because of a Teacher will remind you why you went into education in the first place and help us all focus on what is really important: the legacy we will leave with the students and staff we are blessed to work with.”
—Allyson Apsey, principal and author of The Path to Serendipity
“I would highly recommend this book to any educator I know!”
—Morgane Michael, educational consultant and author of From Burnt Out to Fired Up!
“Because of a Teacher is filled with voices from the field who remind us of the impact we can make with all students, even on our toughest days. If you are looking for an inspiring read to remind you why you went into the profession, this book is it.”
—Jimmy Casas, educator, author, speaker, and leadership coach
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, George Couros encourages teachers and administrators to empower their learners to wonder, to explore—and to 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 but about mindset.
THE INNOVATOR'S MINDSET is for you if:
• You are a superintendent, district administrator, or principal who wants to empower your staff to create a culture of innovation.
• You are a school leader—at any level—and want help students and educators become their personal best.
• You are a teacher who wants to create relevant learning experiences and help students develop the skills they need to be successful.
THE INNOVATOR'S MINDSET includes practical suggestions for unleashing your students’ and teachers’ talent. You’ll also read encouraging accounts of leaders and learners who are innovating “inside the box.”
You'll be inspired to:
• Connect with other innovative educators
• Support teachers and leaders as learners
• Tap into the strengths of your learning community
• Create ongoing opportunities for innovation
• Seek more effective methods for measuring progress
• And, most importantly, embrace change and use it to do something amazing
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.
“If you’re looking to bring creativity to student learning amid all the constraints educators face, this is the book for you.”
—Daniel Pink, author of Drive
“No one articulates a more compelling, a more urgent, or a more motivating vision of education—for both teachers and their students—than George Couros. No one articulates how that vision can be reached—for every student and teacher—more daringly, more practically, and more inclusively, than Katie Novak. Having them together in one book not only helps us reimagine the goals and practices of education, it reminds us of why we ever wanted to be teachers at all.”
—David Rose, PhD, CAST's cofounder and chief education officer, emeritus
“An incredible book! Innovate Inside the Box speaks to educators who are the change agents in their sphere of influence.”
—Sarah Thomas, PhD, founder of EduMatch
“George and Katie's combined talents as spectacular storytellers drive this book. You will feel like you are flying through it and then realize how deeply you are learning.”
—Loui Lord Nelson, PhD, author of Design and Deliver, and podcast host of UDL in 15 Minutes