Maybe it is because of the soon to be released Steve Jobs biopic or the coming soon school year that I find myself hyper focused on innovation as I, along with the amazing YU School Partnership staff, prepare to support the many Jewish day schools we work with. There are many factors that contribute to a successful implementation of innovative practice. However, in my experience with schools, one factor is constant; a willingness to try.

This summer I spent many hours working, discussing and planning with some amazing educators who are willing to do just that. I have been inspired many times over by these passionate educators who have one desire, which is to ensure their students truly learn. At the same time they also recognize that the way they accomplish this is to examine past practice and often times change it. This is no easy task and many cower from the opportunity. However, there are those select misfits who rise to the occasion.

So to all those teachers who are prepared this year to experiment, push themselves and think differently about teaching and learning, I salute you. For every principal that is willing to support their teachers who question the status quo and desire to learn new things, I commend you. And for every head of school who is right now dreaming and reimaging what their school will look like in the near future, I respect you.

So…….”Here’s To The Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world – are the ones who DO !”  ~ Apple Computers ~

Enjoy a year of educational innovation!


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