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Less submissiveness. More voice.

Shout out loud

George Couros says:

As a teacher, would you prefer to work in an environment where [your] principal (who is [your] boss) wants feedback on the things that are happening in the school and actively listens? This doesn’t mean [she] always agree[s], but that you know [she] genuinely takes feedback in the workplace and figures out a way to implement some suggestions.

Or would you simply want to do what you were told, because that’s what you should do?

And in a comment to George’s post, Jim Cordery says:

We want people to act/think outside of the box, until those students end up sitting in our rooms. Then, the questioning of things is seen as defiance.

We need less submissiveness. We need more questions. We need more voice. From students. From educators. From citizens. From you.

I’m ready to kick my blog up a notch or two this year. Consider yourself forewarned…

Image credit: Shout Out Loud, Gary Denness

[personalize based on blog]

Deathbyfailing

Thought I’d share my favorite publicity solicitation to date…

Hi Dr. Scott,

I hope this message finds you well! I recently came across Dangerously Irrelevant and thought you and your readers may be interested in the recent infographic my colleagues and I at ???.com created (below). Our goal is to help delineate a few of the most popular routes towards becoming a teacher. I wanted to share it with you [because reason xyz -- personalize based on blog].

A little more about me — my name is ??? ??? and for the past year I’ve had the pleasure of helping grow our online community of educators. I’m very passionate about providing aspiring teachers with the resources they need to develop their career and maximize their potential.

As someone who comes from a family of teachers, I know that each public education teacher’s path to certification will depend on many different factors, but ultimately each will become certified! It is our hope that by offering this guide to aspiring educators that we can help them reach their goal by outlining the steps that lead to certification.

I’d be happy to write up a short article to go along with our graphic if that would be of interest to you.

Best,
??? ???

Gotta love that part in brackets! My response:

Thank you but I’m going to decline this [because reason xyz -- personalize based on blog]…

Funny. I never heard back from him…

Image credit: Danger of Death by Failing, AlmazUK

Here’s to the individual bloggers

Teach100

The Teach100 is an attempt to rank the top education blogs in the world. Most of the ranking system is purportedly objective, with 20% of the rankings an admittedly subjective factor. People will disagree about the order of the rankings, as well as whether we should even rank education blogs in the first place.

I want to focus on a different aspect of the Teach100: the role of individual bloggers versus those blogs that have a larger entity behind them. If you look at Teach100′s top fifty education blogs, most of them have a corporation or media company or some bigger institution behind them.

Mixed in with them, however, are Richard Byrne and David Warlick, former teachers who are now tireless advocates for powerful learning with technology. Larry Ferlazzo, who teaches ESL students in California. Vicki Davis, middle school teacher in Georgia. Shelly Terrell, international school educator. Eric Sheninger, New Jersey principal. Doug Johnson, the technology and libraries director for the Mankato school district in Minnesota. Jose Vilson, New York City math teacher (and the coolest educator I know virtually). And, yes, even a few university professors like Bruce Baker, Tom Whitby, and Jackie Gerstein.

I’m greatly appreciative of the work done by many of the institution-backed blogs. I learn lots from Edutopia, from Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post, and from the ProfHacker folks at The Chronicle of Higher Education. But I’m in complete awe of the individuals who somehow find a way to stand side-by-side with The New York Times, ScholasticEducation Week, Inside Higher Ed, the National Education Association, and the United States Department of Education.

Here’s to the individual bloggers. All of you. Some of you make the big list, most of you don’t. But every day you enrich us in ways previously unimaginable. Thank you for all that you do. Thank you for all that you share.

Keep on bloggin’…

Calling all bloggers! – Leadership Day 2012

August is Connected Educator Month and Wednesday is the 6th anniversary of my blog. I can think of no better way to celebrate both than to host Leadership Day 2012! To paraphrase what I said five years ago:

Many of our school leaders (principals, superintendents, central office administrators) need help when it comes to digital technologies. A lot of help, to be honest. As I’ve noted again and again on this blog, most school administrators don’t know

  • what it means to prepare students for the digital, global world in which we now live;
  • how to recognize, evaluate, and facilitate effective technology usage by students and teachers;
  • what appropriate technology support structures (e.g., budget, staffing, infrastructure, training) look like or how to implement them;
  • how to utilize modern technologies to facilitate communication with internal and external stakeholders;
  • the ways in which learning technologies can improve student learning outcomes;
  • how to utilize technology systems to make their organizations more efficient and effective;
  • and so on…

Administrators’ lack of knowledge is not entirely their fault. Many of them didn’t grow up with computers. Other than basic management or data analysis technologies, many are not using digital tools or online systems on a regular basis. Few have received training from their employers or their university preparation programs on how to use, think about, or be a leader regarding digital technologies.

So let’s help them out.

How to participate

  1. On Wednesday, August 15, 2012, blog about whatever you like related to effective school technology leadership: successes, challenges, reflections, needs, wants, resources, ideas, etc. Write a letter to the administrators in your area. Post a top ten list. Make a podcast or a video or a voice-narrated presentation. Highlight a local success or challenge. Recommend some readings. Create an app, game, or simulation. Draw a cartoon. Do an interview of a successful technology leader. Respond to some of the questions below or make up your own. If you participated in years past, post a follow-up reflection. Whatever strikes you.
  2. The official hashtag is #leadershipday12
  3. TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN FIND YOUR POST, please complete the online submission form AFTER you post, including a short teaser that will drive traffic to your post. Everyone then will be able to see your post in the complete list of submissions. If you want to link back to this post or leave a link to yours in the comment area, that’s okay too!

Some prompts to spark your thinking

  • What do effective P-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 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 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) that would help them be better technology leaders? What are some other resources that would help them be better technology leaders?
  • How can administrators best structure necessary conversations with internal or external stakeholders regarding technology?
  • How should administrators balance enablement with safety, risk with reward, fear with empowerment?
  • When it comes to P-12 technology leadership, where do we need new knowledge, understanding, training, or research?
  • What are (or might be) some successful models of technology leadership training for school administrators?
  • How might preservice preparation programs for administrators better incorporate elements of technology leadership?
  • When you think of (in)effective P-12 technology leadership, what comes to mind?

Here are the 353 ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT posts from the past five years (353!)

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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’s not going to happen.

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