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School Leaders: Guiding Teachers into the Digital Age

School Leaders: Guiding Teachers into the Digital Age
Image credit: iStockphoto We all know that leadership is important in education. Without strong leadership, education initiatives tend to crash and burn. This standard holds that leaders develop their own and others' capacity to learn and lead professional learning, advocate for it, provide support systems, and distribute leadership and responsibility for its effectiveness and results. I thought about this standard while reading a recent evaluation of an on-demand computer-based professional learning application. These results add to the evidence on the importance of leadership in professional learning and help combat the rhetoric that we don't know what effective professional learning is (we do). As we move deeper and deeper into the information age, more and more professional learning will occur digitally, and that professional learning will be more and more dedicated to digital learning for students. Klososky believes that school leaders need to become "technology masters."

It Takes Leaders to Be a Community Yes, it takes a community to be a leader. There is another side to the equation, too. It takes leaders to be a community, to empower a community. A community is a group of people. When leadership is mixed in, the community begins to bloom. It enlivens people to show empathy, act for broader goodness, and build relationships that lift all up. To be a leader in a community carries a certain responsibility. Four Leadership Responsibilities #1: Encourage diversity. There is more than one way to solve problems or move initiatives forward. #2: Engage others. #3: Activate action. #4: Enhance the foundation. An Important Formula There are two sides of an equation for strong leaders and strong communities. While our call may be simple, our efforts require much. Encourage diversityEngage othersActivate actionEnhance the foundation We need to connect with our communities to advance society forward purposefully. What would you add to the responsibilities required to empower and lead a community?

Leading Curriculum Change | Learning Centre Skip to main content Leading Curriculum Change Registration is free for Australian school education professionals. Leading Curriculum Change features twelve online, structured learning modules which will give teachers the knowledge, skills and confidence to lead the implementation of a curriculum change project at their school. The learning follows four pathways, focussing on skills in: teacher leadership,leading community engagement,leading curriculum implementation, andmanaging innovation and change. Participants can study any or all of the pathways according to their interest and will be certified according to the modules and/or pathways they complete. Key features of the program include: study online, at your own paceaccess high-quality, evidence-based content developed by expertsdevelop a deep understanding of the context and design of the Australian Curriculumplan for the implementation of the Australian Curriculumlearn alongside colleagues from across Australia. Type: Program

What Does Leadership on a Professional Learning Team Look Like? Posted by Bill Ferriter on Thursday, 07/04/2013 As a full-time teacher and part-time consultant on Professional Learning Community implementation, I'm always asked questions like, "What kinds of things can teachers do to move their learning teams forward?" or "What kinds of people make the best leaders for learning teams?" Answering those questions starts by understanding that "moving learning teams forward" depends on three core behaviors: Nurturing Strong Relationships: The most successful learning teams care about each other, y'all. They see one another as competent, capable practitioners. Defining a Clear Vision of What "Forward" Looks Like: Strong relationships aren't enough to move learning teams forward, however. #nuffsaid Moving forward, then, depends on a team's ability to define what "forward" actually looks like. Simple stuff, right? Relationship builders aren't driven by setting vision. Does any of this make sense? Related Radical Reads:

John Hattie on School Leadership Show me your effect size! Last week I transcribed a short video of a speech by Dylan Wiliam that celebrated the magnificently complex vocation that is teaching and how every teacher can improve – see here. At a similar time to watching the Dylan Wiliam video, and finding it struck a resonant chord, I read transcript of a speech given by John Hattie to school leaders in Auckland, New Zealand in 2002. John Hattie is now widely known for his seminal research undertaken for his data rich tome ‘Visible Learning‘, but this speech wasn’t known to me. When I read it, immediately key messages about leadership in schools, and the questions we should be asking about improving schools, emerged that I thought were worth sharing. In a week when the Labour Shadow Secretary of Education, Tristam Hunt, has managed to alienate large swathes of his voting core with proposed legislation, you have to wonder about what solutions do have a chance to improve our schools. 1.

Leadership Qualities Teachers Want in a Principal Share it now! Every year in the United States, an estimated 500,000 teachers leave their schools, with only 16% of the departures the result of retirement. The bulk of teachers leave for a variety of other reasons, including whether or not they perceive their school’s leadership to be effective. Without strong leadership, it is much easier for good teachers to walk away, either to another school or another career. Let’s take a look at some of the leadership qualities that teachers most desire in a principal. Builds a sense of community Perhaps the single most important quality a principal can have is the ability to create a sense of community. Knows how to hire good teachers One of the best things a principal can do for his or her school is to hire the right teachers. Fosters growth and professional development When teachers are presented with a clear path to advancement they are more apt to stay at their current school. Advocates for the school to stakeholders Communicates Effectively

Leadership Lessons I’ve been reflecting a great deal lately about what I’ve learned (and continue to learn) about leadership and leading. I would like to share a few of these reflections here. During my nearly 8 years as a vice-principal (with two 6-month maternity leaves thrown in there), a number of leadership lessons stick out for me (if you click on most of the bolded titles, you will be brought to a more in-depth post on that topic). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. I feel truly fortunate to be able to have influence on, and be influenced by, so many people who care about kids and make a tremendous positive impact on kids every day. What lessons have you learned? Are there any lessons with which you struggle? Like this: Like Loading... There are many things that define who I am as a person.

Social Media: An Asset for Teachers and Leaders - Leadership 360 Students and parents are growing users of social media. There is great value in meeting them where they are. Allowing their communication arena to grow without us can be a mistake. Reasons for joining the social media environment seem clear. Business calls it branding; each of our districts is unique and so are our communities. A concern we have heard most often is one about misinformation. The use of social media as a communication tool for educators is inevitable. Let's just focus on micro-blogging (Twitter) social networking (Facebook). CommunicationsPublic relationsBrandingProfessional growth and developmentStudent engagementOpportunity Each of these reasons and, from our perspective, the paramount value of using social media is the creation and maintenance of relationships. Heightened awareness and responsibility is necessary. Whether micro-blogging or using social-media, your messages must be frequent and valuable. Initial thoughts in brief: