Calling all bloggers! – Leadership Day 2010

  • What do effective K-12 technology leaders do? What actions and behaviors can you point to that make them effective leaders in the area of technology?
  • Do administrators have to be technology-savvy themselves in order to be effective technology leaders in their organizations?
  • What are some tangible, concrete, realistic steps that administrators can take to move their school organizations forward?
  • What are some tangible, concrete, realistic steps that can be taken to move administrators themselves forward? Given the unrelenting pressures that they face and their ever-increasing time demands, what are some things that administrators can do to become more knowledgeable and skilled in the area of technology leadership?
  • Perhaps using the new National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators (NETS-A) as a starting point, what are the absolutely critical skills or abilities that administrators need to be effective technology leaders?
  • What strengths and deficiencies are present in the new NETS-A?
  • What is a technology tool that would be extremely useful for a busy administrator (i.e., one he or she probably isn’t using now)?
  • What should busy administrators be reading (or watching)?
  • How can administrators best structure necessary conversations with internal or external stakeholders?
  • How should administrators balance enablement with safety, risk with reward, fear with empowerment?

Here are the ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT posts from the past three years

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I hope you will join us for this important day because, I promise you, if the leaders don’t get it, it isn’t going to happen.

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* Footnote 

Last year I intended to individually summarize and link to everyone’s posts (like I had in years past), but I was wholly unprepared for the sheer volume of participation in Leadership Day 2009 (see graph below). I apologize to everyone for not doing what I had done in previous years. I am extremely grateful to Karen McMillan and Dennis Richards, who together did the bulk of the aggregation of the posts that are listed in the 2009 summary spreadsheet above. That list would not exist without them. I think I’ve got a much better system now, so I hope my struggles last year won’t be a barrier to your participation in this year’s event. We’d love to have your perspective!

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21 comments on this post.
  1. Darcy Moore:

    Scott,

    It is great to see how this initiative is growing each year. I look forward to reading some great ideas and posting too for #leadershipday10

    @Darcy1968

  2. Anita:

    I am a school board member and have just rotated out of the presidency after five years in that role. Last year at this time, I started a blog – I wanted to model to our administration and faculty how easy and rewarding it is and encourage more blogs from everyone. A year and 60+ posts later? No comments, no readership, and no other blogs. A bit frustrating. Our superintendent is wonderful and she definitely gets technology. It seems to be the community and the budget difficulties this year – people seem to think technology means spending money. I am keeping up the blog, though, and enjoy yours very much.

  3. Richard Kassissieh:

    Cute photo, but administrators as tortoises? I think that’s selling them a bit short! Perhaps they are not as much behind as they are justifiably skeptical of the potential for technology to improve teaching and learning as compared with other kinds of supports and tools.

  4. Scott McLeod:

    Richard, when I selected the picture, I was thinking more of schools rather than individual leaders…

    If you’re skeptical of “the potential for technology to improve teaching and learning,” I do hope that you’ll participate in Leadership Day 2010 and share your perspectives. In your write-up, will you address why technology seems to be reshaping our ability to learn informally in powerful ways but somehow is not appropriate in more formal learning institutions?

  5. Richard Kassissieh:

    Scott, I believe that teachers may use technology effectively well, or empower their students to use it well, within formal educational environments. I have been regularly impressed with the thoughtfulness and insight of teachers who integrate technology within overall superbly designed curricula and lessons.

    I also believe that most school administrators understand opportunities and constraints within their school environments and generally give technology the appropriate emphasis. Painting school administrators as out of touch or unaware of how to integrate technology well within schools is both inaccurate and not likely to win a lot of administrators as partners for the cause.

    I would like to see more technology leaders blog about good teaching and learning rather than just technology out of context. Let us recognize that teaching and learning goals come first, and that people often use computers, the Internet, handhelds, social media, etc. really well to help reach these goals. That might encourage more school administrators to work with technology leaders as partners.

    I find it so interesting that most of the NETS standards for students (creativity, communication, research, critical thinking) apply to all learning. They hardly mention technology. Then the NETS teacher and administrator standards focus on specific technology competencies and supports. Why the difference?

    I will be on vacation on July 30, running a relay race in central Oregon.

  6. Blake:

    I agree Richard, we should have technology leaders blog about great teaching in their schools or schools they have worked with.

    I am guilty of blogging about the greater picture and thinking conceptually about technology being computers, and not the tools teachers use to tech.

    I find that your post is inspiring, and through out the year I will try to incorporate you ideas!

    Stay tuned to my blog over the next few months and I will try to post what you ask for I have 3 unpublished posts to remind me so there is no turning back!

    With all this being said…Let’s go Leadership Day! We are going to break 300!

  7. David B. Cohen:

    Glad I found out about this in time! Count me in!

  8. Darcy Moore:

    My post for the 30th July

  9. Kelly Christopherson:

    Scott,

    I like that this continues to grow each year. I will definitely be taking part.

  10. Ed:

    I’m a new blogger (less than a year) and hadn’t heard of this initiative before. Will need to read last year’s posts first!
    Here’s mine http://bit.ly/9m4MBr
    It’s Friday 30th in Australia already!

  11. sylvia martinez:

    Proud to be a 3-year participant! Here’s my contribution for this year: What does leadership looks like http://bit.ly/90aeeS

    And thank you Scott for doing these kinds of events – I think they galvanize a community to all be participating in something together. You always make it interesting and easy to participate!

  12. Eric Conti:

    Scott,

    Blogs are exploding in Burlington, MA. I am also working to help create a weekly chat for superintendents in Massachusetts, #MASSchat, moderated by our state superintendent’s group (MASS). I hope you can join us. Thank you for your efforts.

  13. Elaine Vislocky:

    If ed leaders are to truly recognize and promote the power of technology in schools, they need to embrace it themselves!! And I believe it is one of your core beliefs, Scott, that the commitment to technology has to be shared by all (NOT just the techies or a handful of cheerleaders)…ideally, led wholeheartedly by Central Office.

    And in order for someone to truly understand the power and implications of technology for how we “do” education, I believe they need to embrace it themselves…to see how it impacts how THEY communicate/collaborate/learn.

  14. Jonathan Ferrell:

    Here is our post for Leadership Day 2010. Thanks for organizing this Scott!

    http://goo.gl/W15Q

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    Pattie Thomas

    I jumped aboard and wrote a post entitled, ” This Blog Belongs to YOU! Check it out: rlyoung.blogspot.com July 30th posting.

  16. Patrick Larkin:

    Thanks for this Scott. Here is my post http://burlingtonhigh.blogspot.com/2010/07/leadership-day-2010-two-of-my-goals-for.html

    Sad to say, this was not even on my radar screen until this year. Glad it is now!

  17. Lisa Winebrenner:

    Scott,
    Thanks for doing this. Glad to see the growth, shared knowledge, diversity of posts and the archived data. Look forward to next year’s challenge.

  18. Cheryl Oakes:

    Yeah Scott, glad to see this initiative is still hammering away! Working on my post right now.
    Cheryl Oakes

  19. Carolyn Foote:

    Scott,

    Here’s mine. I’ve been reading through some of the others and am so inspired and impressed by the different perspectives.

    Great initiative–thanks for the inspiration!

    http://futura.edublogs.org/2010/07/30/stepping-out-of-the-bubble/

    Carolyn

  20. Rich Haglund:

    Scott:

    I was traveling Friday and forgot to post what I had drafted the day before. It’s up now: http://info.tnanytime.org/sbe/?p=511.

    Rich

  21. Cheryl Robson:

    Scott– Thanks for your work on Leadership Day, and for including the data on past years’ numbers. I’ll get a post sent, though late.

    Cheryl R.

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