Lessons in Library Leadership

OELMA Leadership Thoughts by Angela

Article: Should Every Educator Be an Innovator?

I came across this article a few weeks ago and wanted to share it with you!


When it comes to every educator being innovative, Principal George Couros says clearly, "Yes." Please take a look at this article and think about how you, in your daily role, can develop and implement NEW ideas with the time you have. I know firsthand that this can be difficult, but it is also important to remember that we are often looked at as the innovators in our schools. However...do our libraries and environments reflect this innovation by modeling it? We are always advocating for how vital our role is to help our students succeed in the digital age, but what tangible things are you doing in your libraries? Are you SHARING what you are doing with other? Are you advocating by DOING or SAYING? Or both? Lots of questions, I know...but the answers can be simple.


Reflection and action are team players, and in the end, are the students you are working with winning? George says it best:


When we look at ourselves in terms of having the “innovator’s mindset” and say “that’s not me”, not only do we sell ourselves short, but our kids. We need to constantly ask the question, “what is best for this learner?” This is a question we all need to continuously ask in education.

Watch this Ted Talk video featuring Principal of Change-George Couros

In this video, George talks about the need to encourage students and teachers to share their voices, and embrace learning opportunities in our schools.
#OurVoice: George Couros at TEDxBurnsvilleED

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. —Jack Welch