The Innovator’s Mindset Book Study Invitation

First Book Club

Welcome to the first Flipped Learning Network read-along. With a wealth of great books to chose from it seems appropriate to start with George Couros’ “The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity”. Flipped learning challenges teachers to ask what is the best use of the limited face to face time we have with students So many teachers are trying new methods to find the best solution to that question. Whether you are just considering an innovation at your school, you are deep in the process, or you are ready for a new challenge, join us as we read this book together and share ideas and impressions. The hope is that through this process you will connect with others educators who are also trying new things to improve that precious time we have with our students.

Each week, starting February 19, 2017, we will read and discuss one chapter in this book. The chapters are not long and have discussion questions to consider at the end of each one. Our discussions will be virtual, via blogs, twitter chats. Whether they are based on the author’s questions or some of our own, this process should help build connections between participants.

For the slow twitter chat, there will be one question each day posted via @FLNBookClub and #flnbook. Also, a weekly blog post for each chapter will be shared at You are encouraged to share your own blog post and/or respond or comment on the book club blog to keep the conversation going.

In a recent post Dr. Couros (@gcouros on Twitter) challenges innovators to carefully consider the changes they are making. Is the change being made something different or making a difference. Let’s enjoy this book together and be sure efforts are making a difference.

More information about Dr. Couros can be found on his website. This book is available electronically or traditionally from many sources.



Week Starting Chapter
Feb 19 Chapter 1: What Innovation Is and Isn’t
Feb 26 Chapter 2: The Innovator’s Mindset
Mar 5 Chapter 3: Characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset
Mar 12 Chapter 4: Relationships, Relationships, Relationships
Mar 19 Chapter 5: Learn, Lead, Innovate
Mar 26 Chapter 6: Engage Versus Empower
Apr 2 Chapter 7: Creating a Shared Vision
Apr 9 Chapter 8: Strengths-Based Leadership
Apr 16 Chapter 9: Powerful Learning First, Technology Second
Apr 23 Chapter 10: Less is More
Apr 30 Chapter 11: Embracing an Open Culture
May 7 Chapter 12: Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences for Educators
May14 Chapter 13: Are We There Yet
May 21 Chapter 14: The Biggest Barrier and “Game Changer” to Innovation in Education



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