Creating a Culture of Innovation, with Keara Mascarenaz
“There are 3 ways that change can happen in an organization: individual change, team change, and organization/eco-system change. We try to shift the focus to the individual and team levels to get some early wins that can catch like wildfire across the organization.” - Keara Mascarenaz
Keara Mascarenaz joined us for an explosive jaunt through innovation in education. We visited destinations such as: personalized paths for students, differentiated teaching, strong relationships vs. screen time, student ownership and choice, self-management, competency-based education, collaboration, social-emotional learning, building trust, inclusion and the value of diverse voices, making clear decisions, the right “size” of change to target, and operating systems for schools. Yes - all of that within 25 minutes. So, buckle your seat belt and hold on. The top is down, the sun is shining, and we’re going to break the innovation speed limit with Keara Mascarenaz at the wheel.
In our discussion, we cover:
00.10 Andrew asks Keara to talk about her background and how she came to work with Education Elements.
03:10 Keara discusses how things in education have changed during the time she has been at Education Elements.
05:30 Andrew asks about any patterns that Keara sees emerging in education right now.
19:00 Keara shares about school eco-systems and how they relate to team habits.
25:15 Andrew asks whether Keara is optimistic about how the education system is evolving.
06:45 “Strong schools are really clear on their ‘why’ - why are they bringing in a particular program or initiative?”
19:30 “There are 3 ways that change can happen in an organization: individual change, team change, and organization/eco-system change. We try to shift the focus to the individual and team levels to get some early wins that can catch like wildfire across the organization.”
23:35 “(Good leadership includes considering) how can you narrate for your team and connect the dots between past and current decisions?”
27:30 “In education, I am most excited about the current tremendous emphasis on empowering students to be agents of change.”
Here are some resources mentioned in our discussion:
The New School Rules - https://www.newschoolrules.com/
The New Team Habits (Pre-publication contact) - https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/the-new-team-habits/book268366
Alexis Gonzales-Black, Holacracy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFY9ZtdtiS8
Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh - https://www.deliveringhappiness.com/
5 Ingredients to Create a Culture of Innovation in Your District - https://www.edelements.com/blog/5-ingredients-to-create-a-culture-of-innovation-in-your-district
Where to learn more about the guest:
Education Elements - https://www.edelements.com
Twitter - @kearamascarenaz
Keara on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/keara-m/
Where to learn more about Enrollhand:
Our webinar: https://webinar-replay.enrollhand.com
Our free Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/schoolgrowth/