This Sunday, July 12, is the third annual “Leadership Day”. This is an opportunity for us to collectively and constructively voice our concerns and wishes about the integration of technology and challenges created by filtering policies to our local and state administrators. Many school librarians nationwide have shared concerns about the obstacles we are facing to innovation and change; here is an opportunity to help our administrators better understand the impetus for change and to offer solutions to the challenges we face.
You can get the full scoop from the wonderful “Dangerously Irrelevant” blog by Scott McLeod, but I am going to grab the highlights from his blog for you here:
On Sunday, July 11 12, 2009, blog about whatever you like related to effective school technology leadership: successes, challenges, reflections, needs, wants, etc. Write a letter to the administrators in your area. Post a top ten list. Make a podcast or a video. Highlight a local success or challenge. Recommend some readings. 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. The official hashtag for your post and/or Twitter is
Please also link back to this post to ensure that I find yours. If you don’t have a blog, comment on someone else’s post and/or send your thoughts to me and I will post them for you. I will do a summary afterward of what folks wrote and talked about [bloggers, this means some new readers probably will head your direction; this is a blog carnival for technology leadership!].
Some prompts to spark your thinking
- What do effective K-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 can be taken to move administrators 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 new 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 new 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)?
- How can administrators best structure necessary conversations with internal or external stakeholders?
- How should administrators balance enablement with safety, risk with reward, fear with empowerment?
Here are the ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT posts from the past two years