Stories about innovation seem to be everywhere, and with good reason–educators are searching for groundbreaking strategies to inspire and improve education for every student in every classroom.

Because innovation is topmost in many educators’ minds, eSchool News put out a call for innovative educators, schools, and districts across the U.S. through the inaugural Distinguished Innovator Awards program. (Read more about our winners here!)

Our panel of judges chose one winner per category, but we received so many inspiring nominations that we decided to share some of our finalists with you.

Perhaps you feel your school has stalled on its own journey to an innovative learning space. Or maybe you’re looking for a good starting point to refresh your school and your approach to teaching and learning.

This question, which we asked as part of our awards nomination progress, might give you the inspiration you need to identify more innovative practices for your school:

What advice would you give to other schools seeking to try new things and redefine teaching and learning?

1. The Village School (Houston, TX)

Here are five tips:

  1. Take it one step at a time and start small if you need to.
  2. Start by building a lesson plan or project.
  3. Be open to feedback from your peers.
  4. Work with teachers in the same department to collaborate and build upon each other’s ideas.
  5. Don’t be afraid to start the cultural change at the leadership level.

About the Author:

Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura


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