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A framework for sparking learning innovation

· change leadership,sparking innovation,learning innovation

Over the last few years I've written a number of articles on learning innovation, leading change, reimagining spaces and teacher coaching.

This article aims to synthesise them into a simple yet comprehensive framework that helps create the conditions in which innovation can spark.

Props to @josephperkins for kicking off this thinking years ago.

NB - All images link to resources

1.1 - Review the literature

Review the research in regards to contemporary learning, environments, agency, student wellbeing and more. Know the good and the bad.

1.2 - Identify a learner profile

Identify the skills, abilities or dispositions that will guide your learning innovation efforts.

1.3 - Create a call to action

Create an elevator pitch that concisely articulates your compelling case for change. A well crafted pitch will be easy for others to communicate, making them agents of change.

2.1 - Co-create agile spaces

Work with the community to design and retrofit spaces that promote wellbeing and cater for a blend of learning approaches.

2.2 - Leverage online tools

Identify appropriate online platforms that allow students to showcase, reflect and share with authentic audiences.

2.3 - Build technical capacity

Build technical capacity in staff, students and the wider community through open genius bars, ad hoc training, student support teams and online help.

3.1 - Make coaches accessible

Implement a clear and concise coaching model that makes support highly accessible to educators, students and the wider community.

3.2 - Boost educator agency

Encourage teachers to explore contemporary pedagogies that are of personal interest to them. Spark innovation through action research cycles.

3.3 - Deprivatise practice

Utilise social media platforms to open communication, de-privatise learning and share great practice across the school.

3.4 - Diversify professional learning

Implement a range of teacher driven professional learning opportunities that leverage internal talent.

4.1 - Know when to move on

Encourage educators to reflect on their action research and emerging practices inline with the learner profile and elevator pitch. Empower them to adapt or let go when needed.

4.2 - Showcase widely

Capture accessible examples of your initiative to socialise with the wider school community.

4.3 - Scale practice

Codify discrete and detailed snapshots to scale exemplar practice and support future recruiting efforts.

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