Monday, October 22, 2012

Tuesday Live - Suzie Boss on Bringing Innovation to School and Empowering Students

Join me Tuesday, October 23rd, for a one-hour live and interactive interview with Suzie Boss on her new book, Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World. Suzie is a journalist who writes about the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. Co-author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age, she's inspired by educators who push the boundaries of the traditional classroom. She is on the National Faculty of the Buck Institute for Education, and has also helped nonprofit organizations design programs that teach both youth and adults how to improve their communities with innovative, sustainable solutions.

"Suzie Boss has wed the work of schools to the work of prominent innovators, proving that these worlds are not far apart at all. . . . Bringing Innovation to School is filled with practical, easy-to-follow ways to change teacher and school practice. We are lucky. Suzie has given us both a call for change and a blueprint for doing so." --From the foreword by Chris Lehmann

"If you read only one book on innovation in education, read Bringing Innovation to School. Suzie Boss goes directly to the heart of why we need innovation in our schools, and she describes practical, realistic solutions to get there. This book will be extremely useful to all people who seek to improve education including teacher leaders, administrators, parents, and policy makers." --Cindy Johanson, Executive Director, The George Lucas Educational Foundation, publisher of Edutopia"Bringing Innovation to School makes a powerful case that innovation can be--make that must be--taught and provides engaging examples of how real educators are doing this today. Every parent, teacher, and administrator should read this book and ask themselves whether their schools are graduating innovators." --John R. Mergendoller, Executive Director, Buck Institute for Education

Date: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at and a portable .mp3 recording is at
Mightybell Space: Resources, videos, links, and conversation about the interview can be found HERE.

From the publisher:  "Are you preparing a new generation of innovators? Activate your students' creativity and problem-solving potential with breakthrough learning projects. Across all grades and content areas, student-driven, collaborative projects will teach students how to generate innovative ideas and then put them into action. You’ll take learning to new heights and help students master core content.

  • Shows educators why innovation is an essential skill for 21st century learners' success 
  • Demonstrates the diverse ways innovation can be implemented in the classroom 
  • Provides innovative examples from outside education to stir creativity 
  • Explains how innovation can coexist with standards-based instruction 
  • Provides tips on how to incorporate unstructured time into the school day"
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