An upcoming lecture at University of Lynchburg aims to inspire principals, teachers, and other education leaders to unleash talent and creativity in their students.
George Couros will deliver the 2016 Rosel Schewel Lecture in Education and Human Diversity on March 17 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.
His topic is “The Innovator’s Mindset,” which is also the title of a book he authored. The lecture will focus on the integration of technology and encouraging creativity, said Dr. Roger Jones, dean of LC’s School of Education, Leadership Studies, and Counseling.
“Our job as educators is to prepare students for their future, not our past; for jobs that do not yet exist using technologies that have not yet been invented,” said Dr. Jones. “As educators we have to re-focus our mindset so that we are intentional about what is important for the future.”
Dr. Jones said that the topic is timely because the Virginia General Assembly is considering legislation that would require the State Board of Education to create a “Profile of a Graduate” that would identify core skills and competencies expected of all high school graduates.
“This is the perfect time for educators to focus on what the future of education should be,” he said. “It is hard to imagine that the State Board would not include in its profile an emphasis on technology, creativity, and critical thinking. Mr. Couros will challenge us to think in each of these areas.”
Couros’ book, “The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity,” questions the traditional education system’s strictly scheduled curriculum and favors teaching practices that allow students to wonder and explore. It provides practical suggestions of ways to foster creativity in teachers and students.
Couros is the division principal of innovative teaching and learning with the Parkland School Division in Alberta, Canada. He is also the creator of ConnectedPrincipals.com, an innovative resource that brings together educators and leaders from around the world to create learning opportunities for students. Mr. Couros has taught K-12 and served as a technology facilitator and school and district administrator. A sought-after speaker and consultant in innovative learning, teaching, and leadership, he has worked with schools and organizations around the globe.