May 2017

De-risking Innovation

By Michael B. Horn

Personalizing learning for all students to help each and everyone fulfill their potential requires that schools innovate — and not just once, but repeatedly. Yet innovating when children are involved and the odds are uncertain can feel risky and unwise.

At the same time, not innovating in our schools also carries huge risks that are increasingly well known.

So what is a school leader to do?

Fortunately we don’t have to choose between two risky endeavors. There is a way to de-risk the innovation process: discovery-driven planning.


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