Earlier this month I had the opportunity to collaborate with my Ministry of Education colleague, Jessica Weber, as we facilitated a keynote session for Waterloo Catholic DSB’s Education Innovation Conference 2018.
This conference brought teachers, educational assistants, library technicians, administrators, and system leaders together to explore the ‘Transforming of Learning and Teaching’. Throughout the day WCDSB colleagues facilitated sessions for each other on a number of topics, including…
- Developing Deeper Competencies in Mathematics;
- Supporting all learners with Google Read & Write;
- Engaging students in collaboration and problem solving through Digital Breakout Rooms;
- Developing Global Comptencies through 3D Printing in the Learning Commons;
- And more!
To start this day, Jessica and I explored a number themes around Innovation in Ontario schools. I was taken aback by the energy and passion in the room, as well as the connecting being explored at the school and system level to ideas around creativity, design thinking, and collaboration.
— Michael Leonard (@mfleonard231) April 13, 2018
One key value that resonated with our participants was the power of Failing Forward. By creating a culture where we embrace learning from failure, we can continue to iterate towards the solutions that we need.
— TheLearningCommons (@WCDSBResourceCe) April 13, 2018
Throughout our work in supporting and developing innovation in Ontario schools, I continue to be reminded of the importance of our roles as leaders in creating the conditions of innovation. Without the permission to ideate and iterate, we cannot truly innovate. What can this permission look like and sound like in each of our environments? Whether as a teacher providing permission for students to explore, as a school administrator providing permission for educators to ideate, or as system leaders providing permission for school teams and leaders to consider their users and community… at the heart of innovation is the permission to try.
— Mme. Backewich (@1erBackewich) April 13, 2018
Thanks again to the organizers of WCDSB’s Innovation in Education Conference for creating this space for colleagues to come together to engage and collaborate together.
So thrilled to connect with #WCDSBawesome educators today at the Education Innovation Conference @ResCSS. You continue to inspire me! @MrSurti thanks for tagging along and sharing your thinking! #IDIOntario pic.twitter.com/fW1epCGncz
— Jessica Weber (@msjessweber) April 13, 2018
— Mishaal Surti (@MrSurti) April 13, 2018
Please click here to access the ideas and slides that we explored in this session. What will be your next step? Who will you share your thinking with? We hope that you will comment with your wonderings and next steps.. We look forward to continuing the conversation together!