What Leaders at Great Schools Do Better: Tech and Inspiring One's Team

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Rushton Hurley  
Great leaders foster inspiring experiences, build dedicated professionals, and engage in regular storytelling, and tech can strengthen all these efforts. Join in as we look at how current technologies can revamp how district, campus, department and grade-level leaders build a better professional environment for everyone.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Only an internet connection is required for active participation, but even one without a connected device can benefit from this content.
Topic: Leadership
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.
  • Build the confidence and competency of educators to put the ISTE Standards for Students and Educators into practice.
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn to:
* identify small and large successes and convey them to the community.
* design experiences that encourage closer professional collaboration.
* use time with teams more creatively and effectively.

Meeting educational/infrastructure challenges:
- The current wide variety of strong, freely-available tools and resources allows leaders of even low-resourced schools to engage in high-quality and inspiring professional experiences, though using such tools and resources for this purpose requires creative leaders willing to learn from schools of widely differing characteristics.

Technology intervention:
- A central element to fostering excellence is storytelling that informs both PD and PR efforts. Participants will learn how such tools as Adobe Spark Video, Screencastify, and Book Creator can be used with the professional team, as well as how to continue developing their skills with these tools for free after the conference.

Models employed / evidence of success:
- The presenter has developed PD and PR models for school leaders that have proven successful in schools in Indiana, Idaho, and California, and will draw upon work with exceptional schools he has visited around the world to share examples of school successes, small and large.

Strategies employed:
- In addition to providing an example of stronger leadership in the form of a very different approach to staff meetings, the presenter will guide participants through the resources provided to simplify replication efforts at their schools.


Intro (5 min)
Framework and how to interact (5 min; chat response)
Using images for successes (5 min; quick web search)
Using social media for sharing effectively (8 min; show example)
Using collaborative docs for constructive debate (7 min; partner discussion)
Using video conferencing for inspired team-building (10 min; idea sharing)
Using video for ever-improving stories (10 min; share and consider samples)
Questions and resources (10 min)

Supporting research

* "Surveys consistently show that teachers are interested in technology, but need increased opportunities to develop their capacities." (Cradler, J., Freeman, M., Cradler, R., and McNabb, M. (Sept., 2002). Research Implications for Preparing Teachers to Use Technology; Learning and Leading with Technology, ISTE)

* Traditional notions of in-service training or dissemination need to be replaced by opportunities for ‘knowledge sharing’ based in real situations. (Darling-Hammond, L. and McLaughlin, M. W., Policies that Support Professional Development in an Era of Reform, Phi Delta Kappan, 1995, 76(8) pp 597–604)

* "If technology is to be used by students, then teachers must possess the confidence, understanding, and skills to effectively incorporate technology into their teaching practices." (Winter, 1997). What Research Says: Training Teachers for Using Technology; Journal of Staff Development, National Staff Development Council)

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