The Summit Annual Fund for Excellence provides the extras that tuition doesn’t cover. One family’s gift to the Annual Fund paid for social media influencer, leadership consultant and author, George Couros to present at our faculty in-service learning seminar.
Couros is a veteran educator with 17 years of teaching experience spanning the Kindergarten to grade 12 curricula. He also held the senior-level position of Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning at his home school district in Alberta, Canada before becoming a known authority in adapting digital innovation to today’s classroom.
Through anecdotal stories, Couros collects reports from teachers across North America who rediscovered their passion for teaching and keeps the conversation going through interactive content posted to his signature Twitter hashtag #InnovateInsideTheBox. His latest book “The Innovator’s Mindset,” confronts educators with the question, “if you were students… would you like to learn in your own classroom?”
Inspired, teams from across each division of The Summit demonstrated ways they could integrate social media and digital applications into their curriculum by contributing to their social feeds, including videos that support their subjects in their lesson plans, and planning new ways for students to complete assignments using digital technology. “Technology will never replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers is transformational,” said Couros.
At The Summit, we recognize our highly-trained faculty and are grateful for the opportunity to support them through continuing education. Special thanks to parents, Bob and Cindy Conway, members of the Leaders of Character society, who provided the funding to make this learning opportunity possible.
For more information on how your contribution to The Annual Fund can support activities like this, please contact Michele Duda, Development Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513.871.4700 x 243.
About the Author:
Lisa Cox is the Communications Marketing Strategist at The Summit. Prior to joining The Summit, Lisa served as a communications specialist for a regional government in Canada.