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Leading Beyond Your Comfort Zone: Becoming Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

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Participate and share : Poster

Friday, December 4, 12:00–1:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Amy Linkel  
Brett Miller  
Leslie Rennie  

Learn to lead beyond your comfort zone by inspiring purposeful change through authenticity and a growth mindset. Become an advocate for all student success by modeling and utilizing digital tools that will empower other educators to become comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Access to Chrome and the web
Topic: Leadership
Grade level: PK-5
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
Visionary Planner
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: To empower educators to build leadership skills by going beyond their comfort zone and utilizing technology to create a transparent and authentic culture.

Identify strategies that will challenge educators to go outside their comfort zones to advocate for student success.
Engage and explore with digital tools that will empower educators to be authentic and transparent. Sample tools include: Swivl, Screencastify/Loom, GSuite (docs, drive, slides, sites, etc.).
Collaborate with others in an authentic and purposeful way, both with and without technology, such as Jamboard


Engage (10 minutes): Welcome message / icebreaker - Attendees will practice going beyond their comfort zone by participating in an icebreaker activity that will open the discussion of growth mindset, authenticity, and transparency.

Explore (10 minutes): Participants will use a formative tool such as Mentimeter to identify keywords/ideas that represent the following terms: growth mindset, authenticity, and transparency.

Explain (20 minutes): Presenters will discuss and share examples of strategies that model transparency and authenticity on a Google Site. Sample strategies include: recording best practices with Swivl, creating screencasts, and creating a shared Google Drive folder of resources.

Share(10 minutes): Participants will share their ideas/strategies of how they model authenticity and transparency by adding to a collaborative Google Jamboard. Participants will then have the opportunity to brainstorm and make their thinking visible by adding feedback through commenting.

Reflect (10 minutes): Participants will have an opportunity for face-to-face and digital reflection to share their learning progression and set new goals for going beyond their own comfort zone.

Supporting research

"The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy" by Jon Gordon
"The Google Infused Classroom" by Holly Clark and Tanya Avrith
"When" by Daniel Pink
“Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth

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Amy Linkel, Switzerland County School Corporation
Brett Miller, Five-Star Technology Solutions
Leslie Rennie, South Ripley

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