Keynote Speaker

George CouroseGeorge Couros, Author of The Innovator’s Mindset

9:30–11 a.m. and 12:30–2 p.m. Friday, November 22

The keynote session will be presented twice. Attendees will be assigned to either the 9:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. session. Each will be followed by a half-hour book signing. Couros’ book will be for sale in the STAT Zone in the Exhibit Hall.

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 on not only what we know, but also 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 and 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.

About George Couros

George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of schools from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is the author of the book The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity, as well as his upcoming book Innovate Inside the Box. He is a sought-after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe.
George is a leader in the area of innovation, yet his focus is always on the development of leadership and people and what is best for learners. His belief that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts is modeled in his writing and speaking. You can connect with George on his blog, The Principal of Change ( or through Twitter @gcouros.

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