About Me

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Why the title of this blog?

As Gwynne Dyer has noted:

Our intelligence tends to produce technological and social change at a rate faster than our institutions and emotions can cope with. . . . We therefore find ourselves continually trying to accommodate new realities within inappropriate existing institutions, and trying to think about those new realities in traditional but sometimes dangerously irrelevant terms. (War: The Lethal Custom, p. 441)

This blog is intended to help resolve some of those incongruities for K-12 school leaders.

Short bio

Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on K-12 school technology leadership issues. After 14 years as an Educational Leadership professor, Dr. McLeod currently serves as the Director of Innovation for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency in Iowa. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, the National School Boards Association, and the Center for Digital Education. In 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. In 2013 he received the Technology Leadership Award for the state of Iowa. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at regional, state, national, and international conferences. He also is the co-editor of the book, What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media.

Longer bio

Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on K-12 school technology leadership issues. After 14 years as an Educational Leadership professor, Dr. McLeod currently serves as the Director of Innovation for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency in Iowa. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens).

In 2003 Dr. McLeod and his CASTLE co-director, Dr. Joan Hughes, created the country’s first graduate program designed to prepare technology-savvy school leaders. Since then he has worked with a number of corporate and organizational partners to move schools into the 21st century. Partners and supporters of his work have included Microsoft, IBM, the National School Boards Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the International Society for Technology in Education, the Consortium for School Networking, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation. In addition to his technology leadership work, Dr. McLeod has helped numerous school organizations survive and thrive in today’s data-driven accountability environment.

Dr. McLeod’s honors include being named as a Leader in Learning by the cable industry; an Emerging Leader by Phi Delta Kappa International; and one of the National School Board Association’s 20 To Watch. He was the first untenured faculty member to ever receive the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He received the William J. Davis Award in 2002 for the best research article of the year in Educational Administration Quarterly. In 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and was recognized as a technology innovator by the Center for Digital Education. In 2013 he received the Technology Leadership Award for the state of Iowa.

Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at regional, state, national, and international conferences. He also is the co-editor of the book, What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media.

5 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Our school is implementing a program for students to BYOT-Bring Your Own Technology. What can you share about the success of this type of initiative?

  2. I gained great value from your presentation at SAIS. You mentioned that your slides would be available. How do I go about obtaining them?

    Many thanks for keeping me thinking! Joy

  3. Scott – What are your feelings about virtual public schools, whether run by districts or as charters?

    Which do you think are doing a good job, and what are the characteristics of those doing the best job with students?

    • Thanks for the comment, Joe. Haven’t talked with you in a long time!

      Although I don’t monitor closely enough to say which schools are doing a good job and why, I think online learning and online schools definitely have a place in our current and future educational landscape. That said, like for charter schools, I think our quality monitoring systems are pretty lax, which leaves lots of room for financial fraud, enrollment abuse, and academic disservices to students. We need to evolve better monitoring mechanisms. Right now many online classes and programs are bearing the brunt of others’ misdeeds.

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