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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. The bottom of this page includes a list of general reflection questions that could also be used with any of the videos for additional reflection.

Avondale Elementary School District (AESD) and Bayless Integrated Healthcare created a partnership that fuses education and wellness initiatives into a comprehensive program that addresses the emotional, mental and physical needs of students and families, ultimately boosting attendance and students’ ability to learn.

Canyon View High School is an example of innovative architecture and space, but the building is simply a representation of the heart of the school community. It’s the humanity in the building that makes it special.

Participatory budgeting at Carson Junior High strengthens the civic character assets of students and provides a foundation for civic engagement later in life. It’s an early opportunity for students to recognize that they can contribute to their community, their voice matters and their actions have impact.

Homelessness is a systemic problem without a single solution. The Human Services Campus honors individual experiences with homelessness by providing a collaborative network of distributed expertise that centers humanity and dignity, providing individuals with the agency to decide on their plan for housing in a supportive and non-judgemental manner.

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is leading an effort we call The Next Education Workforce (NEW). They are questioning today’s one-teacher one-classroom model of education and every system that has been built to protect it.

The COVID-19 pandemic posed tremendous global challenges in providing quality educational experiences for students. Veteran educators at Arizona State University share how they adapted their teaching and leadership styles to navigate the uncertainty of the Fall 2020 semester.

Additional questions for reflection

  1. What makes this an example of PI? Which character assets and practices were utilized?
  2. How is the story about human-centered change? 
  3. What values do you think were guiding the process of designing this Principled Innovation? 
  4. What are the possible ethical concerns or implications that exist in this example?
  5. How is the innovation sensitive to culture and context? 
  6. How does it engage multiple perspectives? Are there any other groups who could have been included in the decision-making?
  7. Is this an example of systems thinking? Why or why not?
  8. What assumptions were challenged during the development of the innovation? 
  9. What are alternative ways that the challenges may have been approached?
  10. What were the intended and unintended consequences of the innovation?
  11. How do you think you/your team might have approached the situation?
  12. What elements could you apply and/or adapt to your own context?
  13. How has this story resonated with you?