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.
An Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver, Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on P-12 school technology leadership issues. He is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only university center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and is the co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He also is the co-creator of the trudacot technology integration discussion protocol and the founder of both the annual Iowa 1:1 Institute and EdCampIowa, the nation’s largest EdCamp event. Dr. McLeod has worked with several hundred schools, districts, universities, and other organizations and has received numerous awards for his technology leadership work, including the 2016 Award for Outstanding Leadership from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). In 2015 he was one of three finalists to be the next Director of the Iowa Department of Education. In 2011 he was a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod was one of the pivotal figures in Iowa’s grass roots 1:1 computing movement, which has resulted in over 220 school districts providing their students with powerful learning devices. 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 has written 170 articles and other publications and is one of the most visible education professors in the United States. He is the co-editor of the book, What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media. His new book, The Relevance Gap: 6 Arguments for Why Schools Need To Be Different, will be published this fall.
Honors and awards
- Award for Outstanding Leadership, International Society for Technology in Education, 2016
- Friend of the Association Award, School Administrators of Iowa, 2016
- Honorable Mention, Power to the People Award, Digital Promise, 2014
- State Technology Leadership Award, Iowa Technology and Education Connection, 2013
- Geisler-Penquite Educational Excellence Endowed Lecture, Central College, Iowa, 2013
- Hanne Mawhinney Distinguished Service Award, University Council for Educational Administration, 2012
- Visiting Canterbury Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2011
- Education Innovator, Center for Digital Education / Converge, 2011
- Nancy O’Brian Endowed Lecture, University of Oklahoma, 2009
- Emerging Leader Award, Phi Delta Kappa International, 2007
- 20 to Watch, National School Boards Association, 2007
- General Excellence Award, Leaders in Learning, Cable in the Classroom, 2007
- Finalist [CASTLE], TechFoundation TechGrants Award Program, 2004
- Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 2004
- Education Policy and Fellowship Program, Institute for Educational Leadership, 2002 – 2003
- Innovative Teaching and Technology Strategies Program, University of Minnesota Twin Cities / Archibald Bush Foundation, 2002 – 2003
- William J. Davis Award, University Council for Educational Administration, 2002 [article of the year in Educational Administration Quarterly, the top educational leadership research journal]
- Perry Eugene McClenahan Award, University of Iowa, 1999
- David L. Clark Scholar, University Council for Educational Administration, 1999
- Semi-Finalist, Harris Educator of the Year, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, 1993 – 1994
See also Thanks for a great run, Iowa.
Some things I care about…
There are some things that I care about deeply in addition to leadership, innovation, student empowerment, digital technologies, and schools that are relevant for our children and society. You may see mention of them in my social media streams from time to time. These include…
- economy and workforce issues
- equity and social justice concerns
- voting rights, speech rights, and other protections of minority subgroups and perspectives
- functional judicial and political systems
- higher education
- photography and design
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