Monday, July 13, 2009

Leading by Example

Scott McLeod put a call out for Leadership Day, so I thought I would reflect on the new NET*S standards for Administrators that were released at NECC.
2002 NET*S for Administrators

When I look at the 2002 NET'S for Administrators what stands out to me is
Learning Educational Leaders Support Technology Use...
The focus is on the support of use, not necessarily using it themselves.

Whereas looking at 2009 NET*S for Administrators I see so much more...
Educational Administrators Learning USE Technology
  • Model effective digital tools use
  • Promote resources
  • Shared model
  • Support digital age

2009 NET*S for Administrators
The 5 key strands include:
  1. Visionary Leadership. Inspire and lead development and implementation of a shared vision for comprehensive integration of technology to promote excellence and support transformation throughout the organization.
  2. Digital Age Learning Culture. Create and sustain a dynamic, digital-age learning culture that provides a rigorous, relevant education for all students.
  3. Excellence in Professional Practice. Promote an environment of professional learning and innovation that empowers educators to enhance student learning through the infusion of contemporary technologies and digital resources.
  4. Systemic Transformation. Provide leadership and management to continuously improve the organization through the effective use of information and technology resources.
  5. Digital Citizenship. Model and facilitate understanding of social, ethical and legal issues and responsibilities related to an evolving digital culture.
Wow...Do you see see Systemic Transformation is its own strand?
ISTE recognizes that Administrators play a pivotal role in determining how well technology is used in our schools. The NET*S revision is designed to show what administrators need to know and be able to do in order to responsibly lead in the effective use of technology in our schools.
"Integrating technology throughout a school system is, in itself, significant systemic reform. We have a wealth of evidence attesting to the importance of leadership in implementing and sustaining systemic reform in schools. It is critical, therefore, that we attend seriously to leadership for technology in schools." — Don Knezek, ISTE CEO

So how do we get administration to move beyond the fear of lawsuits, blocking key resources, and banning tools that kids have in their pockets to THIS vision....or do we become the administrators ourselves :)

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  1. Kristin-
    Thank you very much. The was inspired, creative strategy!

  2. Mark Merry7:24 AM

    Kristin, this was very interesting, this has been my argument all along. We are issuing laptops to every student this year at my high school and the majority of the teachers have no idea how they will use them. I am presently enrolled in a summer class about integrating technology into the classroom and have learned many things, but I am only one member of the faculty. Technology is a great tool for student learning as well as the teachers which needs to be done first. Hopefully we will use this digital learning by blogging and other means to educate the faculty as well. This responsibility does rest on the principle, he should take the class that I am taking to learn how to implement these teaching stratagies. Hopefully we are not going to have the same old staff development days that I have sat through many times. I will try to get him to read this blog. Thank you!