As a school leader, I know how easy it is to be distracted from leading innovative learning. Good and not so good things pull us away from digging in and leading innovative learning for our students and teachers. We must be committed to leading innovative learning that inspires and empowers students and teachers to do more than they ever thought they could do. Here are four mindsets to help you (and me :)) to leap into innovative learning.
Learning mindset—School leaders need to be voracious learners who are constantly reading, networking, and growing as leaders and learners. This is why you need a PLN to develop as a leader and to stretch and grow.
Empowering mindset—For true growth and sustainability to take place with innovation in learning, school leaders need to empower others to lead. Invest in your teachers, challenge them, and inspire them to try new things and to innovate in their teaching and learning.
Advanced mindset—School leaders need to have a mindset that hungers to advance the learning and growth of students and their staff. We need to move beyond the status quo and into a culture of growth and progress for all. It’s critical that school leaders focus on nurturing, developing, and advancing their staff as much as students. A true learning culture focuses on both!
Practical mindset—Innovation that inspires is innovation that solves real-world problems and makes practical connections to life. We can’t innovate to entertain; instead we must innovate to make a difference in our world. This reminds me of the student who desired to make a prosthetic hand for one of his classmates, so he and his teacher accepted the Prosthetic Kids Hand Challenge and did just that.
When we use the four mindsets in LEAP, we are empowered to make real and sustainable change in our schools and strengthen learning for our students, teachers, and community. Innovation builds empowerment so let's empower our students to do great things.