While state standards drive our instruction, the skills we teach and the strategies we utilize while covering the standards are invaluable to the success of our students. Last year we spent a lot of time talking about Cultures of Thinking and realizing how small shifts in strategy often can result in a big difference in student outcome. This year we are continuing the district conversation by focusing on The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. The author of the book states, "If we are going to help our students thrive, we have to move past 'the way we have always done it' and create better learning experiences for our students than we had ourselves. This does not mean replacing everything we do, but we must be willing to look with fresh eyes at what we do and ask, "Is there a better way?" We would expect the same mindset from our students, and as educators, that question is the first step on the path to a better future for education."
Throughout the year, we will be discussing the idea of innovation and staff will have a chance to share high caliber strategies and success stories as well as have the opportunity to "take a chance" and try something new, all with the sole purpose of providing the best educational experience for our district students. The Ohio Department of Education states in the Ohio Strategic Plan for Education that:
...a recent study predicts that nearly half of the state's workers hold jobs that are
expected to be automated in the future. Future workers are expected to change jobs
more frequently, interact with technology more regularly, and learn new and more
sophisticated skills to advance careers or keep up with change. Future conditions will
favor entrepreneurship and innovation as more commercial activity is customized.
In addition, the World Economic Forum released the following jobs report listing the job skills necessary by 2020 (see below).
Many of these 2020 skills are prominent in our hallways, classrooms, playing fields, and school buses. Yet, we continue to push forward and set goals to do even more. We owe it to our students and ourselves to continue to evolve within our practice and lay a strong foundation for students to be successful in life. I hope this year's book study, building meetings, and professional development provide opportunities for reflection, collaboration, and affirmation that you are making a difference.
I'm excited about our upcoming PD day on September 21 with George Couros. He will not only share from his book and challenge our thinking but also provide opportunities to collaborate and grow as learners. Please see the below section about our 9/21 PD for important information!
Best wishes for a great school year! If there is anything that OSS or I can do to assist you, please let us know!