We’re in the midst of an exciting time in education as
schools are adjusting their trajectory to ensure they’re future-ready. Educators
are infusing creative programs and innovative teaching practices to move our
schools forward. With a goal to push student thinking and advance teaching and
learning, school leaders need to consider strategies to leverage innovation in
their schools, including the development of meaningful professional learning
through educational networks.
This book includes:
- Discussion of the benefits of learning networks and
the ways positive relationships can enhance learning for all students,
teachers and leaders.
- Stories of leaders in the field who are demonstrating
the innovative leadership needed to move their school systems forward.
- Discussion of the four pathways to connected learning
with examples from educators who are improving instruction through a connected
- Exploration of the ways technology can be leveraged
to maximize learning, including connecting learners across boundaries,
creating open lines of communication, establishing a platform for idea sharing
and incorporating innovation within all professional learning opportunities.
- A vision for implementing the ideas discussed in the book along with
practical action steps.
Through the effective use of learning networks, every part of the school
community is empowered to lead change in their schools, maximizing learning for
students and magnifying collaboration and innovation for educators.
About the Author
Jacie Maslyk has served as a teacher, coach, principal, curriculum director
and assistant superintendent. Maslyk has written on a number of relevant topics
including STEM, instructional technology, leadership and effective digital
literacy strategies and is the author of the book STEAM Makers: Fostering
Creativity and Innovation in the Elementary Classroom. She has presented at
the state, national and international levels, and is a consultant to school
districts looking to implement innovative practices in their schools.