The best school technology leadership program in the country?

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Does the University of Kentucky have the best School Technology Leadership program in the country? I’m biased because I helped set it up but, yeah, I think it does…

6 Responses to “The best school technology leadership program in the country?”

  1. Hi Scott,

    I’m an instructional technology coordinator looking to improve my tech leadership skills. Is this a good program for people like me, or is it meant for administrators only?

    Thanks!

    • We have had all kinds of educator roles in our cohorts at both U. Minnesota (that program is now defunct) and U. Kentucky, including tech coordinators, tech integrationists, college administrators, state department of education employees, etc. That diversity of perspectives makes the cohorts stronger.

      If you’re interested in the leadership side of school technology – above and beyond classroom integration and/or IT support – the UK program is probably a good fit. Check out ISTE’s Standards for Administrators. If that’s the kind of stuff you want to learn and talk about, this is the program for you!

    • Tim,

      I joined this program as a tech coordinator and have never found a program more geared for my interests than this one. The program allows students to pursue their interests and custom design assignments that have real world application.

      This is by far the best professional development I have ever given myself. The program is preparing me to lead educators into the future with equal amounts of confidence and assurance by utilizing research, pedagogy and best practice.

      Dana

  2. As a PhD student in this program at the University of Kentucky, just wanted to say that I agree with Scott wholeheartedly. I’ve learned a lot in the coursework (27 credits done!), love the cohort approach that supports collaborative learning, and I’ve found the assignments and activities very applicable to my job as a school principal. I know that when I finish this program, I’ll have greatly increased my knowledge base and skill set. This will give me some fantastic career options both within my district and in other fields/organizations. The professors who run the program and teach the courses really understand how to structure a dynamic and engaging online learning environment.

    I don’t get a commission or kickback for my public endorsement of the program. I just want to share my positive experience in the hopes that other school leaders consider this program as they look to expand their own knowledge and ability to serve their school communities.

  3. Having almost finished (3 more weeks) my first full year of the PhD program through the University of Kentucky, I want to add some comments regarding my first year and general reflections on this program.

    1) The cohort-based nature of the program is a huge asset. Thanks to the effective utilization of technology, my cohort spans the entire globe, but I communicate with my classmates more than many of the teachers I work with daily. Transitioning between semesters is seamless because we simply continue the flow we have consistently had throughout the program. The collaborative nature of the assignments compliments this well and we each get great exposure to other educational environments from around the world.

    2) The professors are clearly interested in improvement and sustainability. There is a clear sense of improvement for the courses and the program in general. Constructive feedback is always encouraged and taken into great consideration by the faculty members.

    3) The goal is ACTION. This program is interested in having a structural change on educational technology and education in general. Students will never get the sense that they are on a conveyer-belt going from one station to another with the end-result of a sheet of paper. The culture of this program promotes real leaders and real changes that can be seen and felt.

    Just like Curt Rees said (above), I am also receiving nothing for my public endorsement of the program. Just want to share my personal thoughts.

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