Modeling Digital Leadership: Lessons From Global Leaders

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Listen and learn : Panel

Jenny Anderson  
Bailey Thomson Blake  
James (Jak) Kearney  
Shonogh Pilgrim  
Dr. 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:
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.
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.

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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Jenny Anderson, Learnit
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.

James (Jak) Kearney, Sotogrande International School

Core to my philosophy of education is inspiration. I believe that a school should strive to inspire every learner that comes into the classroom to believe in their talents, apply their abilities and reap the rewards of learning. Inclusivity is important and I feel that as a member of an educational establishment no learner should ever be left out in the cold; we must motivate all learners. We must work hard to find ways to allow each learner to meet their potential, and even exceed their apparent potential.

Shonogh Pilgrim, Ansford Academy
Dr. Arunabh Singh, Healthy Planet Schools

Director - Principal of Nehru World School, Ghaziabad. An Alumnus of Kings College London and Hindu College - Delhi University, he is passionate about innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and igniting young minds. He firmly believes “Technology may not replace teachers, but teachers who use technology effectively will replace those, who don’t.” Chairman of FICCI ARISE for UP West, a member of the School Standards Committee under National Education Policy, India 2020 and also a British Council School Ambassador. He frequently participates in TV debates and speaks on various international forums on topics primarily concerning education and progressive learning.