Learn what it takes to be an innovative educator

This course, Embracing the Innovator’s Mindset During COVID-19, is built on the foundation of the book Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros. With the swift transition from face-to-face to remote learning, teaching and learning have been disrupted. In order to eliminate barriers that prevent all learners from succeeding, we have to not only foster our own innovator’s mindset, but we have to scale these practices throughout our schools and districts. Creating a culture that embraces innovation and risk is possible, if we are willing to design for variability and disrupt our tried and true practices and routines. Learn more about how to do this by connecting the content of the book to resources that explore change theory, disruptive education, teacher leadership, and teacher efficacy. In every unit, we will provide a variety of resources to increase options for representation and increase engagement throughout the course. Additionally, there will be numerous options to participate in discussions to ensure that your reflections and connections are relevant, authentic, and meaningful.

Course Details

This is a non-facilitated self-paced online course.

You will have 90 days of access to the course to complete the work. This course will consist of eight modules.

Course Designers: George Couros & Katie Novak

Cost: $150 for 36 contact hours (3.6 CEUs). Graduate credit (3 credits) may be obtained for this course for an additional $225 through Gordon College. The graduate credit fee is paid directly to Gordon College

All participants who complete all course modules and submit a final project will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course. Those who pay the additional fee to Gordon College will also receive 3 graduate level credits. Contact Ashley at ashley@novakeducation.com for details and instructions for obtaining graduate credit.

Course Objectives

Define innovation, give examples of what it is (and isn’t), and reflect how we need to embrace this notion to create better opportunities for learners, especially in light of COVID-19 and remote learning.

Connect the Innovator’s Mindset and the characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset to the transition to remote learning.

Connect themes of innovation, culture, and leadership to your own practice as an educator

Learn how to transition leadership and learning practices from standardized to personalized.

Understand the importance of educator resilience and creating a culture that elevates and celebrates teaching and learning.

Understand how to universally design professional development to ensure empowerment among educators.

Course Requirements

This course is offered online through eight modules. Students will have access to the course for 90 days after enrollment to complete the work. 

Students will have the opportunity to communicate with fellow participants through discussion boards and will receive feedback from Katie Novak on the final project submission.

This non-facilitated, self-paced course will be offered through Thinkific. All discussion responses and the final project must be submitted electronically through Thinkific. 

About the Course Designers

Katie Novak EdD

Katie Novak

Katie Novak, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned education consultant and co-author of Innovate Inside the Box with George Couros. With 17 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and seven published books, Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on the implementation of inclusive practices, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), multi-tiered systems of support, and universally designed leadership. Novak’s work has impacted educators worldwide as her contributions and collaborations have built upon the foundation for an educational framework that is critical for student success.

George Couros

George Couros

George Couros is an “Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Consultant”, speaker, as well as the author of “The Innovator’s Mindset” and “Innovate Inside the Box.”  Formerly, George was the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning with Parkland School Division, located in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, and has over 20 years of experience as an educator, in a myriad of roles from K-12. George am passionate about distributed leadership within my division, and believe that creating a collaborative environment with all stakeholders, will help to ensure that we meet the best needs of all children.


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