"Innovate Inside the Box builds upon the big ideas and framework
in Innovator's Mindset, but goes much deeper. As a
Teacher-Librarian who supports many subject areas, I appreciate the
many practical takeaways, ideas, and classroom examples grounded in
Universal Design for Learning which can be found throughout, but
especially in Part 2. I also really love how the authors' voices
and experiences are complementary and yet very different. Innovate
Inside the Box is an absolute must read." Jennifer
Casa-Todd, Teacher-Librarian and author of Social
LEADia"Innovate Inside the Box is the missing link between what
people think innovation in the classroom is and what it can
actually be. As a principal, I watch my teachers struggle with our
expectations are for our students, inside a system that we all see
the flaws in, but are still yet measured, evaluated, and judged by.
Teachers know that they can do better by kids, but they don't
necessarily know where to start. The not knowing how to do both,
meeting the expectations of our current environment but also
challenge and motivate our students is answered within this book.
Instead of seeing those as two absolutes, Couros and Novak provide
powerful examples of "and". Using the examples and allowing the
discussion questions to guide you down the path that Innovators
Mindset started...Innovate Inside the Box will be what allows
everyone to win, but most especially, our students."
Amber Teamann, Principal, Wylie ISDGeorge's first book, The Innovator's Mindset. I had never read a professional development book that made me feel like I was having a conversation with the author. I had never read a book that was as interactive and had me researching people and ideas as George shared them. Innovate Inside the Box takes the ideas in The Innovator's Mindset and expands on them by providing actionable ideas we can take and apply inside our own educational boxes. Katie Novak is an expert in Universal Design for Learning and the strategies she shares to make sure we are empowering all learners is a great compliment to George's message. Katie and George show us that the path to empowered learners starts with strong, positive relationships but that is the floor, not the ceiling, and the sky is the limit when we consciously plan for the needs of our learners."
Allyson Apsey, Elementary Principal and author of Through the Lens of Serendipity"This book is so much more than a tool for educators! It speaks to the essence of truly helping individuals. Whether you're a student, teacher, specialist, principal, or does work in any capacity with students, it shares the importance of relationships and how this variable benefits all in the learning environment." Vincent Taylor, Author of "If Instruction Isn't Engaging, I Quit" and Academic Coach at Cedar Hills Elementary"It's not often you can find a book that pulls at both your intellect and emotion. The stories of triumph and struggle mixed with the push every educator needs to enhance learning in their particular area for all makes Innovate Inside the Box an instant classic in my eyes. It reminds everyone that whatever role you play in working with students, you have a tremendous impact on learning AND lives. We need educators. We need them to feel valued. We need them to keep learning. We need them to understand that it's ok not to be perfect and when they feel empowered to grow, they will. Innovate Inside the Box will help them get there."
Joe Sanfelippo, PhD, Superintendent, Author, Speaker