Fresh from our San Francisco Powerful Practices event, the Discovery Education team visited Seattle-area educators on March 10 for a jam-packed day of instructional leadership, led by keynoter George Couros.
Couros, a thought-provoking educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning, shared a message on how innovation and technology can empower students.
“Technology is more than a tool. It’s transformational,” said Couros.
Couros reminded attendees of what it was like in classrooms as a student, asking educators if they would want to spend the whole day learning in their own classrooms. The best teachers, said Couros, are “trajectory changers,” capable of inspiring students to demonstrate their true potential.
Part of that process of inspiration is encouraging traits in student behaviors that other educators tend to ignore.
“Failure is part of learning,” said Couros. “Resiliency is the part that we should celebrate.”
Following the keynote, attendees were treated to one of a series of eight breakout sessions hosted by local district leaders and Discovery Education curriculum specialists, covering topics such as personalized learning, culturally responsive classrooms, instructional leadership and more.
During one of these sessions, Monica Chandler, curriculum and instruction director for Mukilteo School District 6 in Washington, said she learned many lessons she would take back home to her team.
“The culturally responsive classroom had a lot of reminders about what’s important as an educator,” said Chandler. “You don’t often go to professional development in which things resonate on an emotional level, and that’s what today was about.”
Did you miss out on our West coast tour? Stay tuned for details on our next Powerful Practices event!