Susan Riley | April 2015

Sparkchasers Podcast Season 2: Learning from Leaders at ASCD 2015

Today’s special edition episode of SparkChasers Season 2 was recorded on location at the 2015 Annual ASCD Conference and Exhibition Show in Houston, TX back in March.  Greg and I share with you some insights about the conference, who we connected with from around the world (so many people were there!), and an overview from our presentation on Turning the Flywheel of Innovation.

You’ll hear about the fun icebreaker activity that we did that made a lasting impression on several attendees, as well as some of the big insights that we discovered about how most leaders are approaching innovation that needs to stop right now if we want creativity to flourish.  And while it was rainy, we had a great view of the city from our location:

view from hotel americas houston

Look at how spread out the city is – it just keeps going on and on. With that spirit…”on” with the episode!

Episode 7 Notes:

Turning the Flywheel Presentation Slides

First two stages of the flywheel of innovation: Observation and Asking Great Questions

The 90 day cycle of improvement 2-2-1 strategy

What educators can learn from the way doctors approach rounds

Why distributive leadership is critical

Startups who fail and the one thing you need to do in order to succeed

Proctor and Gamble’s solution for cleaning that finally caught on

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan