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Stories of principled innovations

The practice of Principled Innovation is an active approach to character formation and can look different in various settings. The following videos are designed to illustrate “Principled Innovations” across multiple contexts and sectors. They deeply dive into the stories of the innovations and serve as examples of what moral, civic, intellectual and performance assets can look like in action. They also serve as models for the types of practices embodied by Principled Innovators. Each video is paired with specific reflection questions to further explore the assets and practices illustrated in the stories.

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Unexpected challenges can become opportunities for innovation if we remain responsive to those situations and ready to change our methods to fit the needs.

Enacting systems thinking to address the needs of an increasingly specialized society, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College’s Next Education Workforce (NEW) initiative leverages teams of educators with distributed expertise to provide more personalized instruction.

Homelessness is a systemic problem without a single solution. For each person, a unique confluence of contextual factors combine to create the situations that lead to homelessness.

In both our learning environments and in our larger society, being deliberate and thoughtful about ensuring that we hear the perspectives of all community members—being inclusive by mining the depth of our diversity—is important for ensuring that we are dealing with the most pressing problems and designing the most effective solutions.

A wholehearted commitment to building educational solutions on the basis of a learning community’s fundamental values can lead to unique and creative designs.

In this video, Avondale Elementary School District (AESD) and Bayless Integrated Healthcare provide an innovative example of systems thinking which reduces student absenteeism through organizational collaboration.