Innovator's Mindset Opportunities for moving forward as a teacher

Questions to Ponder...

How are we working to prepare students for the world THEY will live in as an adult, in addition to their current world?

As a teacher how are we learning, growing and changing together? How are we refining our craft?

As teachers we often talk about learning outside of the four walls of our classrooms, how can we learn and grow from each other?

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a connection, not only other teachers in your building, but with teachers across the district?


This spring our district will be providing several opportunities for teachers to empower each other, spark a passion for being an innovative teacher and to help provide each other with affirmation. Centered around George Couros' book, The Innovator's Mindset, we will be discussing sections of the book, both in person and virtually. All meetings are totally optional and are meant to be uplifting, helpful and encouraging. These are all fluid and ongoing options. Teachers are welcome to do one or all, as meets their needs. You are not committed to staying with the same option and may change at any time.

Opportunity #1 - In Building Book Club

Within your designated building, you can meet and collaborate with your colleagues to discuss the book. If this is an opportunity you would like to participate in, email your building contact person: Megan Smith, Jennifer Notton, Amanda Hornick, Victoria Beale, Emily Duncan

Opportunity #2 - Cafe Connect

  • This second opportunity will provide a way for you to meet with colleagues from other buildings to share your thoughts on The Innovator's Mindset. This district wide discussion will be offered on three different dates: March 23, April 18 and at the end of May/ early June. Each session will be held at Coffee Hound on Devil's Glenn from 4:30-5:15.

Section 1 of the book will be discussed at the first meeting on March 23.

Opportunity #3 - Padlet Wall Share Out

A virtual Padlet wall will be created to give teachers the opportunity to post quotes, ideas, questions and responses from the book to this online bulletin board. If you want to share and connect, but would rather not meet up in person, this might be an option for you. However, if you want to post on the Padlet wall and still meet in person, you are welcome to do both. The Padlet wall will be private and only seen by the people participating in the Padlet discussion. You will be able to access the wall with a QR code or a website link that will be provided to you.

Please email Jennifer Notton if you would like to participate in this discussion via the Padlet wall:

Opportunity #4 - #PVIM

Teachers in the district with a Twitter account can share out their thoughts with fellow teachers within the district as well as throughout the world by Tweeting out their thoughts, findings and questions using the #PVIM (PV Innovator's Mindset). We might even tweet when we meet in person.

All of these options are totally voluntary and just allow Pleasant Valley teachers to connect and share with each other. We will periodically connect with George Couros via social media, when possible. Thank you for considering this idea to share. If you have any questions, please contact your building ITEC teacher:

Jennifer Notton (Cody) Emily Duncan (PV) Victoria Beale (RH) Megan Smith (BV) Amanda Hornick (Hopewell) Cassidy Peterson (PVJH)


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