In this episode, we are talking with Suzie Boss. Suzie is a writer and educational consultant who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities.
Suzie has written several books about project-based learning and 21st century skills. Recent writing projects include Setting the Standard for Project-Based Learning, which she wrote with co-authors from the Buck Institute for Education, and an updated edition of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age, published by ISTE.
She is a regular contributor to Edutopia and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and her work has appeared in a wide range of other publications, including Educational Leadership, Principal Leadership, The New York Times, Huffington Post, and Newsweek.
Suzie has worked with educators around the globe, both face-to-face and virtually, who want to shift their practice to more student-driving learning.. She also has developed programs that teach youth and adults how to improve their communities with innovative, sustainable solutions. Her wide-ranging interests in education were shaped by several years as a writer, editor, and field researcher for the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (now called Education Northwest).
Here is what we talked about:
- What is the beautiful question behind Bringing Innovation to School?
- We really like the structure of your book with the content development, call to action, and practical application with borrow this idea. You begin your book by encouraging us to develop a common language about innovation. How can we do this with our teachers and leaders?
- How do we become innovation role models? How do we work with our building leaders and department heads to create the conditions for innovation?
- In Part II, you focus on building the new idea factory and identify several strategies such as seeding innovation, integrating design thinking, making room for thinkers, using technology and gaming for learning. Can you talk about a couple of these which you believe are great entry points for schools thinking about innovations?
- Once we have these pockets of innovation, how do we help to spread the good ideas to make the practices more systemic?
- At the conclusion of the book, you synthesize your ideas and offer seven action steps which we can take to move forward with our innovation agenda. Can you briefly share those steps?
- What beautiful question are you thinking about now? What are you working on next?
Join the Conversation
Each episode we leave you with a couple of questions to think about…with the idea of provoking conversation. This episode’s questions:
- What innovative practices would you like to try in your classroom?
- As a leader, how can you apply the action steps to your own innovation agenda?
Explore Additional Resources
- Find Suzie’s blogs at reinventingpbl.blogspot.com and edutopia.org/suzie-boss. Follow her on Twitter @suzieboss
- Bringing Innovation to School Author Chat with Suzie Boss: An Educator Innovator Webinar National Writing Project
- Common Sense Media interview about project-based learning
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