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8 Characteristics of the Innovative Leader. “Why are we okay that management hasn’t seen innovation in a 100 or 50 years, but we demand innovation in every other aspect of our lives?”

8 Characteristics of the Innovative Leader

Jamie Notter As we continue to look at teachers, students, and learning becoming more “innovative”, it is important that leadership changes. As administrators often set the tone for their district or their building, if they are saying the same, it is not likely that things are going to change in the classroom. Leadership needs to not only “think” different, but they need to “act” different.

For leaders to be effective in changing a school or an organization, they need to change themselves first. So with that being said, here are some of the characteristics that I have seen in some of the most innovative leaders that I have encountered. Visionary – When I listen to some superintendents, the vision they share is inspiring and you can tell they see a new vision of school.

The Innovative Leader Rubrics by George Couros. Two Apps Go Mainstream at Mercy. Edcamps. Becoming a Digital School Administrator - Download Free Content from Mercy High School. What’s Next for the iWizards? Hot off of our successful iPad iCreate Workshop for seventh and eighth graders, the iWizards are now turning their attention to several other activities over the next couple of months.

What’s Next for the iWizards?

Jan-Feb iWizards Tips & Tricks iTunes U and Schoology Courses The iWizards are currently working on a project of collecting iPad “tips & tricks” about to share with the Mercy community through a Schoology course. We have tentatively decided it will have the following features *lessons that last 1-2 minutes *GIF badges as “rewards” *Possibly some kind of raffle for those who “complete” the course. Gabriella Meyers, our Apple DE recently visited and suggested we create an iTunes U course with iWizard tips and tricks.

Feb. 15 Winter Open House Demonstration For the past three years the iWizards have provided iPad demonstrations for prospective students. Feb 27 Assist at Tech Talk Mrs. March 20 MACUL Presentation Mrs. March 26 iWizard Workshop Like this: Like Loading... What Should Teacher Walkthroughs Measure? Note: This is cross posted at Smart Blog on Education.

What Should Teacher Walkthroughs Measure?

Teacher walkthroughs are formative data collection opportunities for teachers and leaders to learn about general trends in a school. They are NOT designed to evaluate or judge the performance of a single teacher. (This is a common misconception about walkthroughs across our nation.) Over the past few weeks, I’ve been closely examining the research on teacher walkthrough tools. I even downloaded and read the new book from Kachur, Stout, and Edwards entitled Engaging Teachers in Classroom Walkthroughs. Save a few exceptions, the walkthrough tools I discovered focused heavily on one set of behaviors: what the teacher is doing. However, Margo Guillot, a savvy researcher, editor, and friend, has pioneered a walkthrough technique that focuses on the students.

So, if I’m being honest, when I enter a classroom, I rarely notice what the teacher is doing. I ask myself: Edcamp - home. FrontPage.