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Invigorate School-5 Digital Leadership Tips for Administrators!

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Participate and share : Poster

Tuesday, June 25, 1:00–3:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 16

Jennifer Foster   Doug Caldwell  
Whatever your leadership plans may be, moving forward with supporting technology and instruction in your school can be enhanced. Explore five major practices that principals, technology directors, trainers and teacher leaders are using that support these changes.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Leadership
Topic: Technology planning and evaluation
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Age Learning Culture
  • Promote and participate in local, national and global learning communities that stimulate innovation, creativity and digital age collaboration.
  • Ensure effective practice in the study of technology and its infusion across the curriculum.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This poster session presents the 5 major practices that we see principals, technology directors, trainers, and teacher leaders doing to support successful technology integration in their buildings. During the session we will be ready to discuss effective practices for school leadership, tools that lead schools, and show how we use ISTE-A standards as a guideline to invigorate those that lead.

In the last three years, we have trained 70+ building principals on the topic of becoming a digital leader.

We intend to share our insights from this experience including:

1. The benefits of building a PLN using Twitter, Google Plus, Tweetdeck, and we will also be demonstrating how these tools are used by administrators as well providing recommendations on who to follow and tips for usage.

2. How demonstrating skills with the usage of Google Tools like Slides, Docs, Drive, and Keep in their staff communications, faculty meetings, and also with the students and parents of their school are crucial to administrator success.

3. That setting district expectations and building instructional visions based on the ISTE-A Standards, the SAMR model, and other available instructional models will help to insure a "shared" vision for all building activities.

4. Which free online tools are best for communicating with school and community members by viewing various national and regional examples of school twitter feeds, school twitter challenges, school Facebook pages, websites, or blogs.

5. How to develop staff PD that is based on district needs including how to use the ISTE-S, ISTE-C and ISTE-T standards for a simple needs assessment as well as sharing available tools for this such as online polls, Google Forms, and digital badging.

Supporting research

1. Meyers, C., & Brandt, W. C. (2010). A Summary of external program evaluation findings for the eMINTS (enhancing Missouri’s instructional networked teaching strategies) program from 1999–2009. Naperpoint, IL: Learning Point Associates), http://www. emints. org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/summary_emints_research. pdf (accessed December 2011).

2. Meyers, C., Molefe, A., Dhillon, S., & Zhu, B. (2015). The impact of eMINTS professional development on teacher instruction and student achievement. Year 3 report. Retrieved from

3. eMINTS is also featured in the “What Works Clearinghouse” for research findings that show positive impacts on student engagement and learning in schools.

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Jennifer Foster, eMINTS National Center

Jen is an eMINTS Instructional Specialist, Google Level 1 & 2 Educator, Google Trainer, and Google Administrator. Jen has been harnessing the power of technology to support instruction for more than 16 years. Over the last 10 years, Jen has provided professional development to a wide variety of educators, school administrators, instructional coaches, etc. to enhance and grow their tech and instructional skills. Jen is currently pursuing her EdD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri.

Doug Caldwell, eMINTS National Center

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