Leading for Innovation


It is essential that schools intentionally create opportunities for students to grow their innovative muscles by inviting students to tackle authentic and challenging problems. The goal of this session is for participants to learn how schools across the world are developing future-ready students who are prepared to make a positive difference in the world and the role of leaders in this shift. The session will examine how leaders wanting to break the 20th-century paradigms of schooling build a culture of innovation by leveraging the school’s mission, creating a sense of urgency and bringing faculty, parents, and students on board through tackling the "why" of change. Insights will be given into what classes look like and the planning process for a truly minds-on, hands-on experience. Participants will leave with a variety of examples of student-centered products and place-based approaches that push students to think like innovators and change-makers with a deep awareness of social justice issues. This will be an engaging workshop run by an experienced educator with global experience. The interactive activities I will conduct with participants include provocative questions to stimulate small group discussions and the use of Kagan cooperative structures that enhance thinking and participation. Mini case studies and scenarios will be a key part of the activities.


Innovation, Future-ready, Place-based


Educational Organization and Leadership


Workshop Presentation


  • Dr. Peter Dry
    • Dean of Innovation and Academics, Principia, United States United States
    • I have a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, a Masters in Educational Management, certificates from Harvard Graduate School of Education (WIDE), a certificate in International School Leadership and leadership experience in six countries. I am a certified Gallup Clifton Strengths coach. I provide practical and effective solutions to team development, leadership, and the mindset to develop an outstanding organization. I help found an international school in Norway and together with my wife have run a non-profit organization called The Simunye Project which takes teenagers to South Africa on an 18-day service trip each year. I have recently spent time in the corporate world advising on leadership, innovation and the development of learning communities. I am happily married with three teenage children!