George Couros

Educator, Innovative Leader, Author, & Division Principal of Innovative Teaching & Learning, Parkland School Division, Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada

George Couros headshotGEORGE COUROS is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked at all levels (K-12) as a teacher and technology facilitator as well as school and district administrator. He speaks on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe. George is the author of “The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity” and also the creator of, an initiative that brings educators and leaders together from around the world to create powerful learning opportunities for students. His belief that, meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts, is modeled in his writing and speaking. George holds Bachelor of Education and Science degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix.

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The Innovator’s Mindset

Carol Dweck’s work has focused on the ideas of “fixed” and “growth” mindset, yet educators will need to go a step further with these notions to create the learning opportunities and that our students and schools deserve. We need to focus not only what we know, but what we do with what we know. In this talk, George will discuss the idea and characteristics of “The Innovator’s Mindset” (as discussed in the book of the same title), and share powerful examples on why this is so crucial for all educators. George’s presentations are known to be emotional, humorous, all while pushing your thinking, and will definitely connect to your heart first, in a way that will last with you long after this keynote.

George conducts the following concurrent sessions in Salon A:

Your Digital Footprint on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

3 Things Students Should Have Before They Leave High School on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m.