Talk of engagement in Growing Innovation was so abundant that one could not help but notice the artificiality of the division among educators and educated. So often the question of engagement blurred this distinction that the question of teacher engagement itself deserves its own discussion. How do educators and educational leaders implicate themselves in the engagement discussion, and what does this say about what is going on in education itself? What are the sorts of ways in which engagement is characterized for the educators and what are the stakes of these? Why do educators speak of their own engagement? What kind of education are they imagining and enacting? What kind of New Pathways in education are being presented by way of this discussion, and what kind of challenges and opportunities do these present, ones that may not have been visible or permissible before?
Despite the fact the educators are discussing their engagement with a great variety of projects and efforts in innovation and educational transformation, what is common to their stories? What questions remain unanswered?
This video consists of the voices of six teachers, five principals, one school board chair, and two students, from six different mostly-rural British Columbia school districts. They work and live in school districts from throughout British Columbia: Two from the Peace River region, one from Vancouver Island, one from the Kootenay region of the South-East and one from an island in the Salish Sea. The interviews took place from 2012 to 2016.