• The Innovator's Mindset

  • Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity
  • By: George Couros
  • Narrated by: George Couros
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (252 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Kids walk into schools full of wonder and questions. How you, as an educator, respond to students' natural curiosity can help further their own exploration and shape the way they learn today and in the future.

The traditional system of education requires students to hold their questions and compliantly stick to the scheduled curriculum. But our job as educators is to provide new and better opportunities for our students. It's time to recognize that compliance doesn't foster innovation, encourage critical thinking, or inspire creativity - and those are the skills our students need to succeed.

In The Innovator's Mindset, George Couros encourages teachers and administrators to empower their learners to wonder, to explore - and to become forward-thinking leaders.

If we want innovative students, we need innovative educators. In other words, innovation begins with you. Ultimately, innovation is not about a skill set: it's about a mindset.

The Innovator's Mindset is for you if: 

  • You are a superintendent, district administrator, or principal who wants to empower your staff to create a culture of innovation
  • You are a school leader - at any level - and want to help students and educators become their personal best
  • You are a teacher who wants to create relevant learning experiences and help students develop the skills they need to be successful

You'll be inspired to:

  • Connect with other innovative educators
  • Support teachers and leaders as learners
  • Tap into the strength of your learning community
  • Create ongoing opportunities for innovation
  • Seek more effective methods for measuring progress
  • And, most importantly, embrace change and use it to do something amazing
©2015 George Couros (P)2018 Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.

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Thank you!

I am so grateful for your commitment to learn, change, and share all you have learned. I appreciate knowing that learning should be an individuals passion. Changing the way we think and teach is a must. Finally, sharing what we have learned with others is how we help bring about change in our schools. I have learned so much from your genius book. This is a must read or a must listen for every teacher. I know I will be listening to your audio book a few more times this school year. I will definitely be implementing digital portfolios as my first change. I will continue to change and be the teacher all children deserve, including yours. Thank you for the inspiration and wisdom you give all educators in this book!

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Pick any page and you'll find inspiration.

Loved this book cover to cover, the first in a long time I felt compelled to take notes because of the constant connections. I look forward to revisiting this book many times as a source of inspiration and reflection.

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Love this book!

Finally I have found my missing people that think and teach like I do! I am going to share this book with every teacher that will listen.

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Inspired and Motivated to Innovate

This book was a great summer read and should be studied by all K-20 educators.

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  • 04-27-18

very inspiring

I loved it! Easy to listen an find nugget to implement along each chapter. Questions to discuss and ponder at each end of chapter is nice .

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Educational innovation!

Outstanding work painting a strong vision about what our public education could be through innovation. George is a practitioner, not necessarily a researcher. A must read for all educators!

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  • 05-17-22

Wonderful experience

I loved the experience. We did a book study. So many points and ideas I love and hope to put in action.

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Great, thought provoking, applicable

Though this book focused on education I felt it was very applicable to nursing/Healthcare and leadership within that discipline. Very thought provoking!

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Short and long

I’ll begin by saying I’ve recommended this book to colleagues many times. The wavering, however, is not too read this book expecting to find ideas; you want find much in the way of gran and go. If you’re going to read this book, read it for its potential for inspiration and motivation. This is a really good book (prepping for COVID-19 2021-22 SY).

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Get Started on the Road to Inspired Innovation!

Great listen! I had a chance to hear him in person after reading this book, and George Couros is a really inspiring speaker! He makes you feel really good and hopeful about being a teacher!

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  • 03-11-18

A Must!

I listened to this book every time I got in my car for a week. Halfway through it I downloaded the Kindle version too and I’m now about to listen to the audio version for a 2nd time. This book is a pivotal read/listen if you’re an Educator. Everything I believe about Teaching as well as all the stuff I didn’t know I believed (!) IS IN THIS BOOK. Get acquainted with George on Twitter too - he has some really good thoughts both inside and outside of the box!

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