InnovED is the education entrepreneurship community at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.
We define innovation in education as meaningful improvements in a new or modified practice, technology, or process that supports any part of our educational ecosystem.
We are a professional learning community of entre- and intra- preneurs committed to serving educators and their education communities by diligently applying our knowlege and appreciation of the education sciences (theories, methods, and techniques).
With the growth in automation and other social, environmental and economic pressures, governments worldwide are focusing on skills and skill development.
Consensus among education stakeholders is that education systems need to prepare children, youth and adults for ‘future-success’ by helping them develop a broad range of learning, work and life skills that they can deploy throughout their lifetime no matter what the future may bring.
Sustainable Development Goals
Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a tangible expression of the increasing ambitions for education.
The SDGs are calling upon educator capabilities and education systems capacity to enable high quality, equitable and inclusive solutions locally and globally.
Lifelong Learning & Entrepreneurship
Lifelong learning is identified as easy to endorse, difficult to formulate and exceedingly challenging to implement.
Entrepreneurship learning education programming and processes are fundamentally work-integrated learning approaches - a critical component of a lifelong learning support structure. These learning environments need to be thoughtfully curated in order to create the conditions for inspiration, ingenuity, and innovation.
The InnovED community welcomes entrepreneurs from diverse sectors, practices, and experiences.
Our community purpose is simple: harness the collective desire of innovators to connect, collaborate, create and contribute thoughtfully to our education ecosystem.
What are InnovED community members working to apply and improve? Here's just a few:
Access supports to mental health resources specific to the K-12 teaching context
Vocational career exploration with virtual reality simulations
Collaborative forms of learning for arts and science
Digital platforms to educator collaboration
Community-based participatory approaches to education research
Innovation learning lab design
Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) practices for education leaders
InnovED Learning Events
Tailored “Innovation 101” skills and capacity building training, that takes place through talks, workshops and webinars.
The focus of this series ranges from an introduction to social innovation, to ideation and learning skills which underpin the social innovation process.
How do we challenge and change the systems that perpetuate social problems? How can we effectively facilitate inquiry and ideation?
Our InnovED workshops answer questions like these and more.
Working with a social innovation facilitator, teams are led through an inquiry and learning design process to explore problems, generate potential solutions and gather feedback to take their ideas to the next level.