M is for Mark

“… teachers  really care about they are doing. ….. Teachers are trusted.”

” Quality in many different ways.”

“… what is important is being open and flexible. ”

“… learning through progressive inquiry..”


Thank you Mark for your time to talk about education in Finland, education management, and this global program for change!


You can follow Mark @macurcher or find out more about  21st Century Educators


Leadership Connections in Times of Disruption

My world – a universe of connections, random, deliberate, global.  As I reflect on the connectivity I engage in and with, it does not seem unusual to me. I have spent my life living across the world, in places that no longer exist other than in memories. Bubbles of memories make up who I am.

Memories?  Love lines written across the sky. Nothing more, nothing less.

As I quietly navigate information, ideas, personalities in the cyberseas of the internet, there are others who, like me, share the same concerns, interests and dreams. Dreams of equality, dreams of creativity and innovation, transforming education into a more joyful, effective and transformational space. Our thought bubbles coincide and connections are sometimes made. At times, these connections take place silently, almost intrepidly as I read their web writings and share their inspiration with others.

Among all the debated and constantly referred to issues in education today, there are two which glare out, desperately screaming for attention: effective leadership and the need to transform education. Before one goes on, possibly agreeing with me, these two issues are not new nor only required for our current times. They have always hung over our heads, looming needs with few practical answers. What has caused the current disruptions in education is, among other factors, digital learning – from OER to MOOCs, to all the tools and platforms which enable open communication and creativity in self-expression, which is open and accessible to all. Just as the printing press caused havoc and mayhem in regard to leadership in education, just as societies began making education accessible to all, today’s digital devices have opened up deep questions on educational and social change.

My next guest is no outsider nor stranger with these issues.

George Couros is the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for Parkland School Division. He resides at the Centre for Education working closely with the all schools in the division, as well as the Future PlanningTeam, Lead Team, Learning Services Department and Information Technology Department where he pushes the leading edge in implementing Alberta Education’s new Goal Two – Educational Transformation. George has worked with all levels of school from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school based administrator.

He additionally co-facilitates Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results leadership training, is a leader on the effective use of social media to improve student learning. He is a sought after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement. George is also the creator of the Connected Principals blog site as well as the founder of Connected Canada.  His focus is to help organizations create optimal learning environments for innovation within schools.

Although George is a leader in the area of innovation, his focus is always the development of leadership and people and what is best for kids.  He uses humour as a way to connecting with all of those that he works with.  His presentations are known to be both informative and entertaining, yet creating an emotional connection that helps people move to the next level.  His mix of research, personal stories, and practical ways to implement new learning help participants feel comfortable in taking risks in their own learning.

You can learn more about George at his site georgecouros.ca.

Join us here as George reveals his reflections on leadership, connecting with others and how education is at best, a wonder of social transformation.

If you have questions on these topics, please feel welcome to leave them here.

What qualities do you think educational leaders should have? Is education for confirming a society’s leadership or for transforming societies?


Eyes wide open yet not seeing.

I too have quietly encountered those who still resist change, those who will proudly say how they don’t need technology and carry on behaving as if the 1960’s were frozen in permanent motion, how with eyes wide shut they are as dependent on today’s technology as I am.

Eyes wide shut and the world spins onwards.

Technology is beyond what lies in one’s immediate vision. Technology wraps itself around me, my words blinking on an empty sheet, flickering, while digital delights draw me closer, seducing me with the quiet assurance that there is more to life than living with eyes wide shut.

Seduction becomes disruption.

Disruption, a way of life.

My next guest embraces disruption with managerial flair and a passion for education. Eyes wide open.

Kostas Vasiliou was born and grew up in Greece. Kostas studied Electronic Engineering and Management at the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki and the University of Athens respectively.

10 years ago he joined a small Greek software house with 30 employees and served this company from several managerial positions helping it to grow to a company with over 100 employees and a turnover of over €8Μ. It was this experience that provided him  with the vital knowledge of how to grow a startup company.

With a great passion for knowledge and learning, always seeking for new challenges, he co-founded schooX 2 years ago.  SchooX, is a startup dealing with online learning and knowledge management. The Vision of the team is to change the way people get educated and disrupt the market of education.

Join me here as Kostas explains what exactly schooX is, how technology is disrupting educational structures and shares a vision for 2012.

You can find learn more about Kostas here and here .

schooXThe Academy for Self Learners 

P is for Pusa

” … passion …. energy…. joy”

“… the soul of this company (…) the energy behind the companies … ”

“… trusted by the people to change directions…”

“… my team could doubt me but …”

“… helping others. That’s what is nice!”

Thank you Pusa for your time and sharing your experiences and insights in the world of business and change!