Launching Innovation in Schools (edX)

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Launching Innovation in Schools (edX)
Become a change leader and take the first step in launching instructional improvement initiatives in schools to improve teaching and learning. Every great teacher and every great school constantly work towards creating better learning conditions for students. Just as we hope our students become lifelong learners, we as educators should be constantly learning and improving.

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This education course is for school leaders of all kinds (from teacher-leaders to principals to superintendents) who are launching innovation in schools—starting new efforts to work together to improve teaching and learning.

Over six weeks, you and your classmates will complete a cycle of study, experimentation, and reflection to gain confidence and skills to lead instructional improvement efforts. Through experiential activities and assignments, you will begin working with colleagues to envision the next level of work for your team or organization, to launch a new initiative, and to measure your progress along the way. Based on the work of Justin Reich (Teaching Systems Lab, MIT) and Peter Senge (MIT Sloan), this course will focus on visioning and capacity-building, with an emphasis on collaboration and building partnerships with stakeholders at multiple levels.

At the end of the course, you will have started the process of launching an instructional improvement initiative in your school or learning environment, and you will better understand yourself as a leader and change agent. You will have made connections with peers who are also undertaking this important work.

This course has been funded by Microsoft and is part of the Microsoft K-12 Education Leadership initiative developed to provide resources to K-12 school leaders around the world as they address the unique needs of their schools in a changing educational and technology landscape.


What you'll learn:

Educational leaders—from teacher-leaders to principals to superintendents—will learn about:

- Bringing people together around ideas they care about

- Refining a vision and creating coherence

- Getting started with a new instructional improvement initiative

- Working together through challenges and successes

- Measuring progress and adjusting along the way

- How the thoughtful use of technology can support learning




Course Syllabus


Unit 1: Launching Innovation in Schools

Introduction to the core principles and defining a problem of practice


Unit 2: Bringing People Together Around Ideas They Care About

Identifying strengths and gaining a better understanding of your context and network


Unit 3: Refining a Vision & Getting to Work

Reflecting on innovative learning models, creating a coherent vision for change, and identifying first concrete action steps


Unit 4: Working Together Through Ups and Downs

Facing the challenges arising from collaboration


Unit 5: Measuring Progress and Adjusting

Exploring the process of measuring progress, determining acceptable and meaningful evidence, and implementing adjustments


Unit 6: Sustaining Innovation in Schools

Presenting and sharing work, final reflections



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44.00 EUR
We recommend that participants take the course with colleagues from their organization (school, district, learning environment)..

MOOC List is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.