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    Ten Tips for Creating a Culture of Innovation

    Recently it seems that innovation is a buzzword on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Need happier employees? Innovate! Need bigger profits? Innovate! Need better leadership? Innovate!

    Over the past six months I’ve explored hundreds of news stories, white papers, and blog posts focused on why and how leaders might foster a culture of innovation. Unfortunately, innovation is too often be touted as a silver bullet solution without even defining what innovation is. Some folks have taken a stand against innovation, given its use as a catchall strategy. Yet I stand firmly in support of innovation as a focus for making better organizations and happier teams. I believe that what is most important is not that we “innovate” for innovation’s sake, but that we create cultures of innovation in our organizations -- cultures that supports risk-taking, reflection, and real collaboration. Out of the hundreds of strategies for and stories of innovation, I believe there are ten key lessons we can draw out to support us in creating cultures of innovation in schools and districts. Why ten lessons? David Letterman, obviously.

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    Topics: Personalized Learning, Education, Educators, innovation in education, innovation

    The Personalized Learning Pathway of Horry County Schools

    It was so exciting for me to visit South Carolina for the first time last month. What was most exciting was that I got to join the Ed Elements team at our partner Horry County Schools (HCS), South Carolina’s third largest district. HCS has 54 schools, 2,700 teachers and more than 40,000 K-12 students.

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    Topics: Personalized Learning, Education, Horry County Schools

    The Great Demand—How Do We Supply our Students with Quality Teachers?

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Blog, Education, Leaders

    Our 10 Most Popular Personalized Learning Blogs of 2016

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Blog, Education, Leaders

    4 Ways to Empower the Intrapreneurs of K-12 and Ignite Innovation

    Topics: Education, Leaders, innovation, Empowerment

    All I Want for Christmas is the Butterfly Effect

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Education, Educators, Leaders, holidays

    It's Not About the Tech: PL and CRE

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Education, Educators, Leaders

    Knowledge-Centered Service

    Topics: Education, Customer Service

    Discipline Through A Personalized Learning Lens

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Education, Educators, Leaders

    Don't Throw the Bucket Overboard

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Education, K-12, Leaders

    Finding Reasons To Be Thankful

    Topics: Education Elements, Education Elements Team

    Life As A LELA Fellow

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Leaders, District LEaders, LELA

    Personalized Learning: The Pause That Refreshes

    Topics: Personalized Learning

    5 Takeaways From Our #PLroadtrip to iNACOL 2016

    Topics: Personalized Learning, iNACOL

    3 Questions That Drive Virtual School Excellence

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Teachers

    Why I am Loving Instead of Hating the Beginning of This School Year

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Teachers

    PL Implementation Framework: 1 Year Later

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Personalized Learning Framework

    Do Our Students Deserve It?

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Equity

    Why Schools Shouldn't Go It Alone on Personalized Learning

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Blended Learning

    Cognitive Science and a Personalized Learning Schema

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Cognition

    Peak Me!

    Topics: Leaders, Inspiration

    Innovation at the Secondary Level: 5 Misconceptions

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Secondary

    The Promise of Blended Learning

    Topics: Blended Learning, Horry County Schools

    [PL Summit Series] Activating Professional Learning through Personalization

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Teachers, Professional Development, PL Summit, Micro-credentials

    Reflections on Why Our District Personalizes

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Middletown

    Creating an Entrepreneur’s Mindset through a Personalized Learning Approach

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Students, Entrepreneurship

    A Year of Personalized Learning: 3 Things You Need to Know

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Education Elements, Middletown, yuma school district one, MSD Warren, Impact

    Designing Your Own Home of Learning

    Topics: Personalized Learning, design thinking

    [Guest Blog Post] Beyond Disrupting Class

    Topics: Personalized Learning, School Districts, District LEaders, Michael B. Horn

    [PL Summit Series] Thank you Ed Elements: A Win-Win Experience!

    Topics: Personalized Learning, PL Summit

    A Realistic View for Self-Directed Learning

    Topics: Personalized Learning, self directed learning

    [PL Summit Series] Challenges, Not Instructions: Three Tips for Naturally Personalized Learning

    Topics: Personalized Learning, PL Summit, Tinkering

    Personalize Back-to-School for Families

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Back to School, Family Engagement

    Reflections on Personalized and Project-based Learning

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Project Based Learning, PBL, Loudoun County

    [PL Summit Series] Fostering Personalization through Leadership, Freehold Township Schools

    Topics: Personalized Learning, School Districts, District LEaders, PL Summit, core four

    [PL Summit Series] Go Big or Go Home! Personalized Learning Summit Workshop, Yuma Elementary School District One

    Topics: Personalized Learning, School Districts, PL Summit, yuma school district one, yuma one, core four

    [Guest Post] An Ancient Vision, a Brilliant New Future: Upcoming Ed Tech Trends in Personalized Learning

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Partners, EdTech

    [PL Summit Series] Strengthen Your Core Four: Videos and Exercises from Middletown, NY

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Middletown, School Districts, PL Summit, core four

    Constant Learning and Creative Response: Charting the Course in Personalized Learning

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Measuring Success, Middletown, NGLC, Horry County Schools, School Districts, Piedmont City Schools, District LEaders, Fulton School District

    3 Ways to Rest and Relax During Summer

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Summer

    [Guest Post] OER 101: Building the Future of Education Beyond Brick-and-Mortar

    Topics: Blended Learning, Digital Content

    How Can "Sprints" Help Schools and Districts?

    Topics: Teachers, School Districts, Districts, District LEaders, School Leaders, schools

    [GUEST POST] WHY PERSONALIZED LEARNING IS IMPERATIVE

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Students, Blended Learning, Personalized Classroom

    [Guest Post] The Journey to Personalization: Two School Districts, Two Timely Questions

    Topics: Personalized Learning, K-12, Leaders, School Districts, District LEaders

    [Guest Post] Train Students to Own Their Learning

    Topics: Virtual Schools, Partners, EdTech, student ownership

    [Guest Post] Make It Personal: A Teacher Lights the Way for His Students

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Blended Learning, Personalized Learning 101, Creative teachers

    [Guest Post] Giving Up Control: A Teacher’s Perspective on the Personalized Learning Journey

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Blended Learning, Student Achievement, Creative teachers, Student Agency

    [Guest Post] The Future of Learning is Now

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Education, Leaders

    Personalized Learning: Toward a Healthy Learning

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Blended Learning, Student Achievement, School Districts, District LEaders

    2016 PL Summit Sparks New Friendships and Ideas

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Blended Learning, Team, Professional Development, PL Summit

    [GUEST POST] Why Good Professional Development Matters

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Teachers, Blended Learning, Professional Development

    The Top Ten Reasons I Am Excited About The Personalized Learning Summit

    Topics: Personalized Learning, Blended Learning, Personalized Learning Summit

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