Diffusion Not Replication
This past week I participated in the Network of Inquiry and Innovation (NOII) Symposium: Stories of Change: Pictures of Possibility. My presentation was entitled Innovation That Sticks – Real Examples from Real Schools. I think we can easily get caught up in the theoretical of what schools could be and fail to recognize the shifts occurring right in front of us. In our district (and I know of others), teachers and administrators are finding new ways to connect to students. The experiences for our students are quite different from even five years ago.
One notion that seemed to particularly resonate with those in attendance was my latest thinking around scaling. I openly admitted, over the last seven years in West Vancouver, I have often considered the idea of “scaling” — how do we take an idea from one school, which is clearly making a difference for learners, and replicate…
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