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, 2022 | Zoom- Live and On-Demand Options

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

Featuring George Couros



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.


January 19- 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 


January 25- Week 2: Focusing in on Learner-Driven, Evidence-Informed Practice

Understand critical differences between data-based 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 


February 4- 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


February 11- 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. 





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.