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11.154x

Launching Innovation in Schools

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About This Course

Every great teacher and every great school constantly work towards creating better learning conditions for students. Just as we hope our students become lifelong learners, we as educators should be constantly learning and improving. This education course is for school leaders of all kinds (from teacher-leaders to principals to superintendents) who are launching innovation in schools—starting new efforts to work together to improve teaching and learning.

You will complete a cycle of study, experimentation, and reflection to gain confidence and skills to lead instructional improvement efforts. Through experiential activities and assignments, you will begin working with colleagues to envision the next level of work for your team or organization, to launch a new initiative, and to measure your progress along the way. Based on the work of Justin Reich (Teaching Systems Lab, MIT) and Peter Senge (MIT Sloan), this course will focus on visioning and capacity-building, with an emphasis on collaboration and building partnerships with stakeholders at multiple levels.

At the end of the course, you will have started the process of launching an instructional improvement initiative in your school or learning environment, and you will better understand yourself as a leader and change agent. You will have made connections with peers who are also undertaking this important work.

This course has been funded by Microsoft and is part of the Microsoft K-12 Education Leadership initiative developed to provide resources to K-12 school leaders around the world as they address the unique needs of their schools in a changing educational and technology landscape.

Learning Objectives

  • Bringing people together around ideas they care about
  • Refining a vision and creating coherence
  • Getting started with a new instructional improvement initiative
  • Working together through challenges and successes
  • Measuring progress and adjusting along the way

Format of This Course

This course includes all parts of the course that is also offered on edX. It is recommended that participants take the course with colleagues from their organization (school, district, learning environment).

Recommended Prerequisites

None

License Type

This course may contain material that is © third parties. Unless otherwise indicated, all content is © All Rights Reserved by the course instructor(s).

Course Staff

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Justin Reich

Assistant Professor, Comparative Media Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Peter Senge

Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Sustainability

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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  1. Course Number:

    11.154x
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  4. Length:

    7 weeks
  5. Year Created:

    2019
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