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Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D.

  • Professor, Educational Leadership, School of Education and Human Development, University of Colorado Denver
    • Affiliated Faculty, Urban and Diverse Communities, School of Education and Human Development
    • Affiliated Faculty, Digital Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Founding Director, UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE)
  • Digital Pedagogy Fellow, University of Colorado Denver ThinqStudio

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(707) 722-7853 (cell / office)
(303) 315-6311 (fax)

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Mailing address

Dr. Scott McLeod
Leadership for Educational Organizations, 638 LSC
School of Education and Human Development, CU Denver
Campus Box 106, P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

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Leadership for Educational Organizations, Room 638
School of Education and Human Development, CU Denver
1380 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO 80204



  1. Jacqui Leake

    I think that in order for administrators to be able to bring their school into the 21st Century of technology, they must first know the trends of technology in education and the instructional possibilities. Administrators do not have to be technology savvy,however, they should be resourceful. Knowing where to go to find the resources necessary to educate and provide teachers with the technology tools is more important. At least providing the resources will enable teachers to implement technology into instructional practices.

    • Douglas W. Green, EdD

      Any administrator who isn’t tech savvy should be getting lessons from students. Students love to teach receptive adults. I became the most tech savvy adult thanks to my students. DrDougGreen.Com

  2. LaChante Collier-Bacon

    I also feel that in order to implement technology in education, school administrators must also be savvy about technology use, and the benefits it could provide to instruction.

  3. Elaine Lawrence-Green

    I agree. Everyone is still learning; students, teachers and administrators. I wonder if everyone is WILLING to learn more about the technology that is out there. Tools are made available to the public everyday. It’s up to the adminsitration to not focus so much on how much but how can.

  4. Barbara

    Here are sites you should consider for DABA:

  5. Victoria Fair

    As a current Junior school teacher, years 0-2, although I have taught at all Primary levels I think it hugely important that there are deliberate acts of teaching. There are huge possibilities at a teacher’s fingertips via the web but a lot of people don’t know what’s out there or are not being supported to give there ideas a try. I have been very fortunate to be released from the classroom for 6 months to support teachers and children and have done a huge amount of thinking and personal professional development during this time. To get the best from staff you need to support them and there are many different ways to offer support according to an individual’s needs – demonstration from an eLearning expert where the teacher observes leading to eCoaching involving team teaching leading to the teacher becoming a confident, independent integrator or eLearning. Then the eLearning expert can become the observer supporting the teacher to refine their practice. Educators cannot deny that teaching is changing, to stay relevant schools need to step up!

  6. Laurie Fowler

    I am interested in being a guest blogger for you, Scott. I would like to discuss using Web 2.0 tools in the classroom and making administrators comfortable with that. I could also write about my PLN and meeting so many of them at ISTE 2010.

  7. Corey Borzain

    Hi Scott,

    You asked for a suggestion for a useful blog. I suggest a blog where administrators and teacher leaders could ask questions to each other.

    They should be able to be asked anonymously. The person’s name or e-mail address should not show. -Or maybe the person could sign on with a random screen name or number. Granted the administrator of the site probably would know, but the general public wouldn’t.

    The idea would be a site called something like Hypothetically Speaking (if no one already has that name). Then, people could ask questions to gather opinions and experiences. They should still be cautioned to not give too many identifying or specific details.

    If you would like some examples of what I have in mind, please e-mail me. Thank you. -Corey

  8. Dr. Linda Orozco

    hi scott…. hope you are doing great…. just a quick note to let you know my class this semester is listening to one of your podcasts.. AND sharing on one of your blogs.. THANK YOU for your continued leadership in the field.. your work is reaching around the globe, as i use your resources in my programs in thailand and brazil too.

    warmest wishes and hugs to you!
    linda orozco

  9. dk

    Thank you so much for this blog. I am a parent with elementary school children who introduced 21st century learning to our principal and to teachers on our Site Council after learning that such thought had a name from a friend down south. Our new superintendent has heard of 21st century learning and we have neighboring districts who are actively pursuing goals toward 21st century learning. I am compelled by both the use of technology as a core competency that I want for my children and the methodological underpinnings of what I read about 21st century classrooms. I am interested in engaging our community in learning more.

    I had a conversation today, however, that was disheartening. I talked with a parent today who thinks that 21st century goals are 1) completely unrealistic (especially in light of current budget concerns and many schools’ inability to provide pencils let alone computers, document cameras, active whiteboards, etc.), 2) technology has a dark side that is frighteningly damaging to the development and socialization of children (ala gaming, facebook, texting), and 3) that instead of complaining ala the likes of the movies Race to Nowhere / Waiting for Superman, parents should take responsibility for each of their children and their learning and dedicate time to supplementing learning at home. This parent thought that because her kids so easily gravitate toward the computer that she could easily teach them computer literacy in specific programs and that the ‘real’ learning about things like physics, history were things that she couldn’t cover — and that is what should be covered in school.

    Of course I have my thoughts on the above, but I wonder how professional thinkers about all of this might respond. Specifically I wonder how you might talk about the ways that you define technology literacy beyond just using a program and what that looks like in the context of a classroom and lifelong learning. Appreciate the insight!

  10. Scott McLeod

    Hi DK, thanks for the kind words. Ahhh… classic naysayer responses.

    1. ‘It’s unrealistic to try to do this ’21st century’ stuff.’ What are we supposed to do instead? Lay down and die? Pretend that the factory-model education system somehow is going to prepare our graduates for a digital, global information economy? Sorry. Although I’m sympathetic to budgetary issues, I’m not buying the argument. Also, this is a societal issue, not just an individual district/school/classroom issue. And we’re the wealthiest nation in the world…

    2. ‘Tech is dangerous.’ Yes, our new tech-suffused environment has its own challenges. But it’s here to stay. We can ignore it or learn to work in it productively. Again, I’m not buying the ‘let’s just pretend it doesn’t exist’ argument.

    3. ‘I can teach my kids this at home.’ Maybe. Just like some parents can effectively home school their kids. But most parents can’t do either. That’s why we have schools in the first place – to meet societal needs, not just individual family needs. If we want a tech-literate citizenry and workforce, do you want to gamble on parents taking care of it at home? I sure don’t…

    Tell your skeptical parent(s) to read The Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner ( and then contact me for a chat…

  11. Derek Luebbe

    My name is Derek Luebbe. I’m a High School Principal. I came across your blog and am hoping you can help.

    I am also the creator of a free classroom simulation called simCEO. It’s entirely online at

    I’ve made a short Kickstarter video to try to raise money to give the simulation a virtual re-design. The project will be live in a few days.

    I would really appreciate it if you could take a look at the video, and share it with others. It’s quite a unique learning tool on a few different levels.

    And, of course, I’d love to reach our Kickstarter goal and make the virtual simCEO a reality.

    Thanks for your consideration.

    Derek Luebbe

  12. pradeep

    Hi Scott

    I have written a book on management and wish that you become the first critic even before publishing.would you?


  13. Jennifer


    I am currently working on my dissertation for an Ed.D. in educational leadership and management. My dissertation involves the creation of a faculty-training program that focuses on adult learning theories, educational technology, learning styles, and differentiated instruction using the systems theory approach and strategies swiped from the agile development field such as SCRUM. Yes, I am an Ed. Techie that is trying to incorporate the worlds! I am currently immersed in your book while writing my lit. review on the ed tech section and wanted to further explore your site and follow your blog! Thank you for putting your resources out there! The main barrier I’ve found is the resistance to change. Any extra tips on motivating faculty to stay current? I can show resources all day long, but how else can we motivate instructors to want to learn it for their students?

  14. Dan

    Hello, we are considering a small rollout of chromebooks. From your experience could you answer a few questions or direct me to the best online resource?

    1. Samsung $249.99 model vs. acer $199 model best for schools? Battery life best with samsung but available ports are better on the acer. Your opinion?

    2. Any lanschool type software available for chromebooks? Stone-Ware says they are working on it, but not available yet.

    3. Are you familiar with any tracking software for stolen chromebooks?

    4. Is there anything you would do differently now that you have had your chromebooks for awhile?

    Thanks much for your time and thanks for the chromebook blog. It has already helped me.

  15. Dengar1313

    I think any administration who has tech savvy instructors on their staff that are willing to do the research and offer websites and alternative forms of student assessment (non-paper/pencil) should take the recommendations of the staff seriously, instead of stone walling. I am so frustrated with “status quo – don’t make waves” administration.

    • Scott McLeod

      I’m frustrated with those administrators too!

  16. Mary Wicker

    Scott, Just watched two Ted Talks and a video you have on your web site in anticipation of your talk in my school district in a few days. I look forward to hearing how we can better provide students access to technology but I become disheartened with talks like yours spending the first 5-10 minutes making me feel bad about schools, (and, I admit, defensive!) In one you begin by talking about schools being so behind in technology compared to the work world, and yet I (and my students) have much more access and use of technology than most of the people I know in the work-world. Please help us see the good we do and encourage us to do more! Please also recognize that there is more learning to be done in schools than technology like how to be present to each other and how to function face to face. How to have a conversation, and think deeply in the moment. -Otherwise it could all be done via computer. The richness I offer as a teacher is I am a human being in the presence of my 3rd Graders. See you next week!

    • Scott McLeod

      Thanks for the comment, Mary. From what I’ve heard, Hudson is technology-rich compared to most districts. That’s good news, of course! If some of my comments don’t apply to your situation, please ignore them! 🙂 Elsewhere, unfortunately, we have lots to do still…

      Yes, I’m all for being present. And for being powerful with our tech tools. All at once!

      Thanks for watching my videos and for the friendly pushback. See you soon!

      • Mary Wicker

        Scott, Thanks for the honest and quick reply! I look forward to your talk and exploring new possibilities. You are right that many districts do not have what mine does but I empathize with their teachers working hard and trying their best with what they have. Hopefully what you bring them is an awareness in their communities and districts of the needs they have for technology.
        Once again, thank you!

  17. Kery Harrelson

    What are you thoughts on classroom management solutions like, Securly Classroom, GoGuardian, LANSchool, et al?

    • Scott McLeod

      Hi Kery! I confess I’m not a huge fan of surveillance technology. I understand these software programs have their purposes. I usually lean toward creating environments of student trust and empowerment, not distrusting and tightly monitoring them…

      • Kery Harrelson

        Thank you! I agree, and have long found little more than difficulty identifying any real and valid purpose. I defied all attempts at my previous district until the calls finally quieted as technology became less and less “visible”. Now: new district, new calls. I’ll add your comments to my arsenal.



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