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What Do Deeper Learning Leaders Do Differently?

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 113A

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University of Colorado Denver
Professor, Educational Leadership; Founding Director, CASTLE CASTLE is the only university center in the USA focused on leadership, technology, innovation, and deeper learning. Scott's bio: CASTLE:

Session description

What do leaders at innovative schools do that is different from their counterparts in more traditional schools? We'll take a deep dive into what we learned from our visits to 30 innovative schools around the world.

Purpose & objective

The seven (empirically-derived) components of our Portrait of a Deeper Learning Leader are as follows:

1. Living the Vision
2. Authenticity and Agency in Learning
3. Trusting Teachers as Creative Professionals
4. Openness to New Approaches and Tools
5. Over-Communicating Change
6. Restlessness Toward Equity
7. Courage to Live Outside the Norm

We will unpack these seven leadership components through the use of specific examples from innovative inquiry- and problem-based learning schools around the world. We will engage in multiple iterative cycles in which we examine an example school and then connect specific leadership behaviors and support structures to desired learner and school outcomes. We will do 4-6 cycles on different topics, depending on pace of conversation.

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5 minutes - session introduction / small group formation
80 minutes - discussion of provided school examples, dissection of key leadership behaviors and support structures, participant ideation around local practice and action step
5 minutes - wrap-up

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Supporting research

Richardson, J. W., Bathon, J. M., & McLeod, S. (2021). Leadership for deeper learning: Facilitating school innovation and transformation. New York, NY: Routledge.

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Session specifications

Grade level:
Skill level:
Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • 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.
Connected Learner
  • Develop the skills needed to lead and navigate change, advance systems and promote a mindset of continuous improvement for how technology can improve learning.