4 Tips About Innovation From #PrinLeaderChat

Do you want to grow professionally, discover ideas and insights from innovative leaders, and maximize your time? Tune in and participate in #PrinLeaderChat, NASSP’s Twitter #edchat held on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. (ET) and 6:00 p.m. (PT). This #edchat is an awesome way to connect with some of the nation’s best school leaders and share thoughts and ideas. Chats are guest moderated by Digital Principals, State Principals of the Year, and other thought leaders in education. Perhaps you haven’t participated because of login issues or your schedule doesn’t allow you to join. To help you see what you’ve been missing, I’ve curated the top four ideas from our recent conversations about innovation in schools:

Innovation requires trust and collaboration. Change is can be challenging. One of our major roles as a school leader is to help create the environment where innovation can be embraced. This means open conversations, empathy toward each other, and involvement of all stakeholders.

Innovative ideas can come from anywhere. As school leaders, we may think we always have to come up with the best idea. Not only is that stressful and tiring, it is completely not true. The expert in the room is the room. Utilize all the brainpower available to generate creative ideas.

The most innovative ideas come from trying to tackle the unknown. Our future world in constantly changing, and in order to help best serve our students, we should wonder what tomorrow will bring and prepare our schools today.

There is a lot of information on innovation out there.One of my favorite resources is cybraryman.com. Jerry Blumengarten has a wealth of information on education, including innovation and technology. There are many resources shared on Twitter chats that are tried and true recommendations from other leaders to help you move your school forward.

If you have never participated in a Twitter chat, please reach out and I’ll help you get started. Don’t feel as though you have to post something profound—contribute what you feel comfortable during this peer-led discussion. We would love to have you as part of the #PrinLeaderChat ‘Ohana!

Winston Sakurai is the upper school principal at Hanalani Schools in Mililani, HI. He is the 2016 Digital Principal of the Year. Follow him on Twitter @WinstonSakurai and join him every Sunday night 9:00 p.m. (ET) for a Twitter conversation using the hashtag #prinleaderchat.

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