Call to Action: Innovation Plan



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Call to Action- Follow Up


In the process of pitching my innovation plan, I realized I should follow a certain pattern.  After watching Nancy Duarte’s Ted Talk,  I was reiterated that I should start with the “what is” and then the “what could be” and repeat these to make my point.  At the end, I need to explain and communicate about a “new bliss”.  I really need to use my call to action to prove how my plan would better education programming, in my school.

My story behind my innovation plan is one that is really motivated by the success of students.  Being a special education teacher, all I want is for my students to be successful.  I don’t want them to just be successful in high school, but in their post-secondary life. I don’t want to prepare my students for the current world, but for the future world.

My role as a presenter, is to see the world through my eyes.  It’s my job to really sell my innovation plan and make them believe that this can truly benefit our students.  I want the audience to be as invested as I am, because if they have that same feeling they will actually put effort into rolling out my innovation plan.  They will see the value in students using ePortfolios, in the classroom, to prepare them for their post-secondary lives.

Successful Tech Integration


Technology can be a huge part of a classroom, whether it’s making a positive or negative impact.  Sometimes technology is meaningfully introduced to staff, through a variety of ways, continuously.  There are also times when technology is introduced briefly to teachers and then asked use it, with little to no learning opportunities.  Technology needs to be introduced and continuously  practiced, to be able to understand the educational tool appropriately.

In addition to the continuous practice of the tool, the technology being introduced into the classroom needs to be beneficial to all of the teachers needs.  There needs to be a variety of uses for the educational tool, because not all teachers can use a tool the same way.  Just simply selecting a tool for teachers to use, without input is a huge mistake.  When selecting tools in the classroom, including technology, there isn’t a “one size fits all” option.  Teachers and students need to be a part of this crucial selection process, in order to be successful.

Plus Delta

Although Plus Delta is rather simple, it would still be able to accomplish the goal at hand. Plus Delta allows for individuals to be able to get a visual of the good and the needs.  After reviewing the positive and the delta, the needs, it allows for the individuals to brainstorm about the ways the delta can be improved.  I really enjoy that this tool allows for a leader and other staff to be able to reflect and collaborate, in a positive manner.  I know that sometimes people can be defensive when told they need to improve, but this tool seems like this awkward situation can be avoided.

I think this would be of great use, when carrying out my innovation plan.  When meeting with teacher who are piloting and later all teachers that are using ePortfolios in the classroom, this will be a great way to provide feedback and grow .  I think that with the visual and mention of the positive, my fellow teachers wouldn’t be as hesitant to hear about the areas of need.  This could be used individually, with a one-on-one meeting after an observation.  It  could also be used at department meetings and faculty meetings, to go over commonalities noticed during observations.  I’ll definitely take this tool into consideration, for my innovation plan.