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Modeling Digital Leadership: Lessons From Global Leaders

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Listen and learn : Panel

Mary Ashun  
Bailey Thomson Blake  
Laurie Forcier  
James (Jak) Kearney  
Shonogh Pilgrim  
Arunabh Singh  

Hear from global education leaders from about why and how they and their senior teams explicitly and purposefully modeled digital leadership through the pandemic.They'll share stories of success and failure, and tell us how their organizations have changed as a result.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Advanced
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Leadership
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Model digital citizenship by critically evaluating online resources, engaging in civil discourse online and using digital tools to contribute to positive social change.
  • Cultivate responsible online behavior, including the safe, ethical and legal use of technology.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of the panel will be to share international perspectives on modeling digital learning at the school and system leader level. Participants will learn about how challenges were perceived and addressed. They will also learn about team dynamics and change management, and new leadership "moves" that have been explicitly taken on to help move schools and systems be more fluid, efficient and competent users of technology tools in education.


Each panelist will be asked to share a short vignette of their school or group of schools, and to frame the problem or problems they needed to solve. They'll then share specific details of how they have modeled digital leadership (e.g., through communications, through their own teaching, etc.) and the impact for their schools, students, and communities. The audience will have the chance to ask questions.

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Mary Ashun, Ghana International School
Bailey Thomson Blake, SPARK Schools

Bailey Thomson Blake is Chief of Schools at SPARK Schools in South Africa. In her role, she leads the teams responsible for the research and design of SPARK's personalised learning model, as well as its implementation across the network. Her team is responsible for student achievement, stakeholder experience, operational efficiency, and leadership development in SPARK's 18 schools, serving 13,000 children and their families.

Laurie Forcier, Learnit
James (Jak) Kearney, Sotogrande International School
Shonogh Pilgrim, Ansford Academy
Arunabh Singh, Nehru World School

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