Upcoming Conferences & Workshops

Embracing the Core of Innovative Teaching and Learning to Thrive in Any Learning Space with George Couros
January 19th, 2021 - February 11th, 2021 | Online: 1/19, 1/25, 2/4, 2/11

Embracing the Core of Innovative Teaching and Learning to Thrive in Any Learning Space

Featuring George Couros


Four evening sessions over four weeks!


Session Dates: Times CST:
January 19, 2021 4:30 p.m.
January 25, 2021 6:30 p.m.
February 4, 2021 5:30 p.m.
February 11, 2021 4:30 p.m.


In this course with Illinois ASCD, George Couros will discuss the importance of changing pedagogies while
identifying the “core” values we need to focus on so that we can ensure our communities find success both in an academic setting, as well as embracing the innovator’s mindset both in and out of school.


Each week, George will focus on the four core elements (Building Relationships, Learner-Driven Practice, Empowering Learners, and Becoming Master Learners) and will provide practical ideas on how this can be
implemented while adapting to lead conversations with the group to address current needs. One of the most important elements of this course is that educators will be able to come together to learn with George, as well as other members of the cohort.


Week 1: The Power of Relationships in Any Learning Space

Reflect on the power of relationships to support student learning and wellbeing and to create a foundation for innovative teaching and learning practices in any learning environment.
Learn concrete strategies to ensure that all learners know that their contributions are valued in inclusive learning environments.


Week 2: Focusing in on Learner-Driven, Evidence- Informed Practice

Understand critical differences between databased decision making and being learner-driven
and evidence-informed.
Develop new and better ways to determine the impact of authentic teaching and learning on student learning using multiple means of evidence to ensure that student learning is relevant, authentic and meaningful.


Week 3: Creating Empowering Learning Experiences for all Learners

Articulate the differences between engagement and empowerment and consider how by empowering students, you can ensure they are further engaged in learning.
Explore connections between student empowerment and deeper learning that is both authentic while meeting curriculum standards.


Week 4: Master Learner, Master Educator
Explore the importance of collegial relationships and professional learning communities in both a local and global setting.
Identifying what strategies work best for students from the viewpoint of a learner, while identifying opportunities to share with colleagues to elevate the profession as a whole.
Show examples of different types of learning (for, about, and with), identify the difference, why they are essential, and strategies for each.


Each session will run from 60 - 90 minutes.

George will be live with interactive ability for participants to be able to speak with George and other participants in a dialogue regarding the days topics.



George Couros is a worldwide leader in the area of innovation and has a focus on innovation as a human endeavor. His belief that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts, is modeled
in his writing and speaking. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is the author of the book, The Innovator’s Mindset;
Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity and his latest book, Innovate Inside the Box.




Ways to Register


On-Line: Use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card at www.illinoisascd.org

Call: 800-877-1478 or 309-438-2160, Mon. through Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.

Mail: Send completed form with check or copy of PO to: IL ASCD Couros— Illinois State University, Conference Services, Campus Box 8610, Normal, IL 61790-8610.

Fax: Fax completed form to 309-438-5364 using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express or a copy of school P.O.


Conference Fees:

Early Bird Member $195.00 (Until 12/1/20)

IL ASCD Member $225

1 Person Each $274* (includes IL ASCD Membership)

2 People Each $255** (2 or more attendees from the same school district/organization. Does not include membership)

3 People Each $245**

Full-Time Student/Retiree $99


Call for information on larger team discounts at (618)203-3993.


Registration deadline: February 28, 2021


A $15.00 fee will be charged for cancellations made in writing prior to the deadline. No refunds will be given after the deadline.  Confirmation will be sent via e-mail after your registration is processed.  Registrations can be transferred to another individual by faxing information to 309-438-5364 or by emailing  dscowde@ilstu.edu.