Work History

Work History
Sep 2011 - Present

Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Consultant

George Couros Consulting

Working with schools, districts, business, and conferences all over the world, I have helped move people into new and innovative opportunities in different areas.  My work is focused on embracing a new culture and learning to leverage the opportunities that are before us, both in and out of education.  

I have worked with organizations all over North America, while also doing a considerable amount in both Australia and Asia.  For more feedback about what my work and the impact it has had, please check out the following link: 

georgecouros.ca/blog/what-they-say

Jul 2011 - Present

Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning

Parkland School Division
  • Work with all levels of leadership to help creative innovative learning environments within schools.  This includes, but is not limited to, working with Senior Executive, School Based Leadership, Educational staff, and students.
  • Developed the "Leadership 2.0" series as a way to further innovative leadership within our own school division, as well as give opportunities to others nationally and internationally.
  • Work closely with the Information Technology Department which provides services for all of Parkland School Division (approximately 10,000 students) to incorporate our vision for learning.
  • Creator and leader of the "Learning Leader" project, that has empowered over 100 educators in Parkland School Division on using cloud computing, personal learning networks, and mobile devices to bring innovation to their classroom while also leveraging social media.  These 100+ educators are also empowered to lead their own staff in this initiatives.
  • Facilitating initiatives such as the 184 project, and division portfolio and blogging project.
  • Administrator of Google Apps for Education for the division.
  • Co-facilitator of the “Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results” leadership training for Parkland School Division, based on the work of Stephen Covey.  This is an ongoing role with the school division.
  • Facilitated professional learning opportunities for PSD teachers in the area of technology integration, with an emphasis on effective use of social media to help build professional learning networks.
Aug 2009 - Jun 2011

Principal

Forest Green School/Connections for Learning (K-12)
  • Worked to develop strong relationships with students, staff, and parents through a belief in, and focus on, open communication. Created the Forest Green School Website, Forest Green Blog, along with editing and creating both the Forest Green and Connections for Learning Newsletters.
  • Fostered partnerships with the School Council and helped them communicate their school involvement through the use of the school website, along with presenting Cyberbullying and Web 2.0 Technologies, as a way of informing them of emerging trends in education.
  • Shared information with parents and staff regarding school initiatives that are based on current and future school community needs through open communication.  Communication included monthly newsletters and conversational media through the Forest Green School Blog.
  • Collaborated with staff to create extended learning experiences in the area of sports (team and intramurals) and the fine arts.  It is essential that students have an opportunity to succeed in areas outside of the core curriculum.
  • Authored a blog/portfolio site to understand the benefits and implications of this type of learning for our students and staff.  Through this transition, several of our staff have started their own personal blog sites, while every teacher hosts a classroom blog.
  • Designed a Professional Development program that builds upon the strengths of our staff.  This program has been highly successful within our school and has our staff very engaged in their learning. The time for guided conversation has been extremely valuable to ensure that our practice has become transformational for students.
  • Developed in collobaration with the Forest Green School community, a school council after several years of not having one within the school.  This has been an important element of creating a positive and collaborative school culture.
  • Partnered with parents and staff to help create the 2010-2011 Education Plan.  This was a fantastic opportunity for our school to build upon the vision together.
  • Focused on the priority that “Every child is a leader”, as defined by Stephen Covey’s, “The Leader in Me” book and developed ample opportunities for our students to be school leaders.
  • Administered division programs such as the Early Years Alternative Program (EYALT) as well as Balanced Literacy.  These are programs that are used by all of Parkland School Division, yet are run from Forest Green School.
  • Used our school budget to ensure a safe environment and support learning initiatives within our school.
  • Worked with all schools to ensure successful placements for several students with the Connections for Learning program.
  • Facilitated the successful transition of Parkland School Division’s Stony Creek Program from Muir Lake to Forest Green School. This work with the parent and staff community, along with a transition team led by an outside facilitator, ensure the program continued to prosper.
  • Teamed with the Paul Band First Nation community to ensure students from the area have continued success at Forest Green School.  We have also ensured that we have continuously infused FNMI culture into our school sites through our work with Paul Band and our FNMI Liaison.
Aug 2007 - Jun 2009

Assistant Principal

Muir Lake Community School (K-9)
  • Worked with all staff at MLCS and promoted an open dialogue to continuously improve our school to best serve students.
  • Modeled and encouraged hard work, risk taking, and commitment to division and school goals.
  • Worked diligently with the staff and principal to implement and promote a model of shared leadership within the school. 
  • Lead administrator for the Stony Creek Program and worked intensively to facilitate a move to a new building within Parkland School Division. Led a transition team to help build and maintain the best program for the students of the Stony Creek program.
  • Facilitated the MLCS Student Council which has a main focus on building relationships within the school community through its activities. 
  • Organized a grade 7-9 fine arts trip to New York that included parents, staff, and students traveling together. 
  • Worked with all school stakeholders to help develop the MLCS Education plan for 2009-2011.
  • Lead facilitator and AISI coordinator in the area of technology integration.  This led to the development of an in-school professional development plan that was very successful in the area of technology integration.
  • Implemented an effective model of teacher supervision for MLCS. 
  • Trained and supported teachers as technology leads in both the early years and middle years settings.
  • Developed and coordinated scheduling for all teachers from K-9, ensuring that course delivery was aligned with the Alberta Education framework.
  • Collaborated with all stakeholders to develop an Options program that best meets the needs of students, while educating them on emerging trends in the future.
  • Developed with the School Council chair a proposal to successfully secure funds for emerging technologies at Muir Lake School.
Aug 2006 - Jun 2007

Technology Integration Coordinator

Greystone Centennial Middle School (5-9)
  • Collaborated with teachers to successfully integrate technology into core curriculum while developing their own learning in the area of using technology to enhance learning.
  • Worked with students from grade levels 5-9 to successfully implement an advisement program that looked at various societal needs and how they intersect with fostering a positive school environment.
  • Created a technology integration schedule to ensure all students had an opportunity to meet ICT outcomes.
  • Worked successfully in a team teaching environment teaching all core grade 7 subjects.
  • Developed and delivered complementary courses based on student needs and Web 2.0 technologies.
  • Worked with the GCMS School Council to share information with all stakeholders.
  • Instituted several short in-services for staff development dealing with different aspects of technology integration.
  • Delivered an informational session to parents on how to teach students to connect safely with others using the Internet.
Sep 2001 - Jun 2006

Teacher/Technology Integration Coordinator

Rimbey Junior/Senior High School
  • Technology Integration Coordinator for the school.  Worked with teachers to successfully implement technology in all courses from grade 7-12.
  • AISI Lead from 2004-2006 in the area of technology integration.
  • Team member of the Telus2Learn team for Wolf Creek Schools.  Provided many workshops for staff from all schools within Wolf Creek.
  • Information Processing teacher.
  • Taught courses from grade 7-9 in Mathematics and CTS.
Sep 1999 - Jun 2001

Teacher/Technology Lead

Sidney Street School
  • Taught grade 4 and 7 for my two years at Sidney Street School.
  • Technology Lead for the school, working with staff and students to successfully integrate technology into the classroom.
  • Provided inservicing on the use of technology for educators in Maple Creek and the surrounding region.

Education

Education
Sep 2005 - Apr 2007

Master of Education

University of Phoenix
Sep 1999 - Apr 2001

Bachelor of Science

University of Saskatchewan
Sep 1993 - Apr 1999

Bachelor of Education

University of Saskatchewan

Quote from a parent advocate

“...our school principal, George Couros, has such an amazing vision for our school, I am positive that my children will get far more out of their education than I did. They will be engaged in their education, and they will be free to express themselves... they will be creative and know how to collaborate and work as a team. They are being taught to be critical thinkers that make great decisions. Isn’t that what we want for our children, who will one day be leaders in their communities? Let's ensure that they have any tool necessary to help them succeed in life.”

Skills and Attributes

  • Recognized as a leader in the area of innovation both within my own school district as well as internationally.
  • Have worked in education for 14+ years with students and staff from K-12, as both a teacher and administrator.
  • Presented and engaged groups that include senior executives, board trustees, principals, teachers, parents, and students.
  • Hard worker and committed to achieving goals.
  • Proven skills in building relationships, leading others, and developing leadership capacity.
  • Tremendous knowledge in the area of technology integration. I have developed many tutorials for schools and school districts i within education, and have enjoyed working with many different teachers in helping them gain knowledge in implementing technology into their own classrooms.
  • Leader in the area of effective assessment practices as well as the implementation of eportfolios.

Projects

Presentations

As a sought after speaker, I have worked with groups all over North America, as well as done extensive work in Australia. These groups include Senior Executives, school administrators, educators, parents, as well as students.  I have facilitated workshops as well as been a keynote for large conferences.  Below are some of the presentations that I have done which can all be found at: http://georgecouros.ca/blog/presentations.

  • The Myths of Technology and Learning
  • The Networked Educator/Leader
  • Focusing on your "why"; Leading Your School in a Digital Age
  • Parent 2.0: Bringing Parents in on the Process of Learning

You are also more than welcome to see any of my presentations that I have listed publicly on the following site:  slideshare.net/gcouros

Please feel free to look at a sample video of my speaking at the #140cuse Conference in Syracuse, New York: bit.ly/gcspeaking 

Vision

As we move forward in education, we must ensure that we give students the opportunity to be creative, collaborative, and critical thinkers, while also being able to pursue their passions and interests. As a leader in education, it is essential that I collaborate with all stakeholders to create innovative learning environments that are flexible and give all students and staff opportunities to achieve excellence.  We must create an environment where students are proud of their community and culture, valuing the difference of others, while still creating opportunities to partake and succeed in a global environment.  As a leader, I must role model and help to build a culture of learning, collaboration, and innovation.  Believing that all stakeholders can possess these same qualities, I want to create an environment where we are all learners and leaders.