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Superintendents Report to the Halifax Regional School Board 33 Spectacle Lake Drive Dartmouth N.S. B3B 1X7 902.464.2000Join the conversation on Twitter Elwin_LeRoux HRSB_OfficialJoin the conversation on Twitter Providing high quality education for every student every day. What is innovation And what does it mean in the classroom Innovation is often what we see in response to a question that begins with I wonder what... Innovation is about new ways of doing things. Its about stretching our minds and stepping outside of tradition in order to discover something new and promising Innovation is the path forward when our current strategies have not yet resulted in success for all of our students. Innovation could be an approach a strategy a tool or a resource. Innovation is not necessarily technology albeit most technology is founded on an innovation or a new way to solve a problem. Innovation is not simply about replacing a paper novel with a digital one its wondering what a digital novel allows students to do that a paper one does not. Innovation is happening throughout the Halifax Regional School Board. And it doesnt necessarily happen by accident. Innovative instructional strategies are intentionally and thoughtfully designed to achieve greater success for students. Teachers who use innovative strategies clarify the challenge they are trying to solve search for all the modern resources they can bring to the learning and explore questions such as I wonder what would happen if Innovation is how we take learning and teaching to new levels in order to achieve greater results. Its about imagination. Earlier this month I had the opportunity to discuss strategies around innovation and learning in Canada with my colleagues with the C21 Canada CEO Academy. C21 Canada is a national not-for-profit organization that advocates for 21st century models of learning in education. I am always invigorated after collaborating with educational leaders who are equally as passionate about advancing innovation in public education. The Academys most recent publication Shifting Minds 3.0 provides our collective perspective on redefining the learning landscape across Canada. As we continue our work going forward I am very happy that the Academy will focus its attention on Shifting Pedagogies as the priority system driver. This will assure a sharing of successes in instruction from across the country and continue to prioritize what teachers do in classrooms as key leverage for improved student learning. At the conference I was also a participant in a panel organized by the College of Alberta School Superintendents CASS where I had the opportunity to share some innovative successes in the HRSB. Of particular interest was our work around community engagement and public confidence through our social media campaigns. I was proud to share stories about how the hashtag SeeWhatImLearning has helped to continued page 2 Important Dates November 26 am PD Day pm ParentTeacher Interviews no classes November 27 We Day December 7 Hour of Code December 18 Last day of classes before break January 4 Schools reopen November 2015