What they say
I have been collecting tweets, emails, and blog posts regarding some of the work that I have done with organizations and within my own school. This is the collaborative "reference letter" of some of my work.
- I have been collecting tweets, emails, and blog posts regarding some of the work that I have done with organizations and within my own school. This is the collaborative "reference letter" of some of my work. (You can actually see an account of my work from this reflection by Jennifer Casa-Todd.)
- "Thank you to George Couros for the wonderful impact he has had and continues to have on our district. His ongoing commitment to our learning is profound. Thank you for connecting and building relationships with all of us. You stretch our thinking and compel us to engage in new behaviors to push our learning, practice and influence forward." Elisa Carlson, Director of Instruction, Surrey Schools
- "George Couros came to SCH and connected with our faculty in ways I have not seen with other speakers, educators, and experts. He is engaging, respectful, and knowledgeable and his blogs should be required reading. We are still talking about ways to go further and deeper with our entrepreneurial program. It’s exciting to imagine how a wider web of educators will begin to spin education differently for our children." Priscilla Sands, President, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
- "When George finished speaking, a new energy filled the room. The buzz was deafening. The enthusiasm was exciting. Multiple administrators approached me immediately to have help with Twitter. Many other administrators were asking the other Digital Coaches around the room for similar assistance. One administrator, who admitted to me a week earlier that he just didn’t “get” Twitter, said that George’s talk was transformational."
- "George Couros wowed the Alberta School Board Association last night with his passion and skill for using social media in his division (Parkland School Division 70) to build connection to create collaborative learning. He stated many times it’s not about technology – it’s about relationships!"
- This is an excerpt from an email I received from Rachael Bath, regarding the CEGSA 2012 Conference:
The key note presenter, George Couros, is a fantastic speaker who put everything into the perspective of a school and teaching situations. His presentation and "Master Class" has been instrumental in changing paradigms for me, my colleagues and counterparts...For me personally, I have made changes that will be reflected in my teaching and professional practices for the duration of my career."
- "The first Keynote Speaker, George Couros, was inspirational and thought provoking. His session was titled “Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age” and his key message was “Learn, Connect, Humanize”. In this one hour presentation I wanted to learn how, as a teacher, I can connect and engage with my students and school community more. George challenged me to think about how I was doing this and although I had started a blog and was using it in my class it wasn’t quite connecting the way I had wanted."
- "It was also great to watch George interact with students and staff…lots of laughs, smiles, high fives, and collaboration. It is one thing to follow George on Twitter and on his blog but it is definitely inspiring to meet in person and see him in action as a school leader."
- "...However, I’ve never seen twitter being used like it was in the last two days… This massive impact on the networking capabilities of South Australian teachers came from one man (George Couros) , delivering one, hour long, Keynote speech “Learning and Leading in the Digital Age”.
- "George has exactly the attitude I want to see in anyone involved in teaching. He considers it part of his job to turn students into “strong Digital Citizens,” and he models that behaviour by being one himself. He also created Connected Principals, a group blog where school administrators from all over share what they’ve learned. From where I sit, Parkland is pretty lucky to have him."
- "There are a few people in the world of educational blogging whom I follow almost religiously. These people, through short tweets and/or long blog posts, captivate my imagination, challenge my way of thinking, and inspire me to continue my own journey. One of them is George Couros. George is the principal at a K-12 program in Stony Plain, Alberta – and he makes his job seem like a cross between a rock-star and rocket scientist. George has an approach to his profession that is challenging convention and creating the future of education."
- "The first thing that stood out to me was George’s transparency. He openly shares his ideas and experiences on his blog and he is a very active on Twitter. He is a positive administrator who leads by example. He never asks his staff to do anything he is not willing to do. Over the last few months I have had the opportunity to get to know George and to see what an incredible educator he is."
- "This isn’t the first time I’ve learned something from this guy. George Couros is the real deal. He puts out more blog posts than I can read in week, but somehow I’m always able to catch the one that seems to have been written for me...I admire George’s approach at his school, one in which he approaches teachers with strength based learning and leadership–enabling teachers to find their strengths and become leaders in their own capacities."