Note: Over the next few weeks, I’ll be reading Eric Scheninger‘s book, Digital Leadership. Eric was kind enough to send me a copy and I’ll be sharing my notes and thoughts as I work my way through it. I’m honored that Eric sent me a print copy to read and share my thoughts on. Comments in square brackets are mine, the rest is the author’s.
MyNotes – Chapter 3: Keys to Leading Sustainable Change
- Shares the example of Dr. Spike Cook, who realized the benefits of sharing his personal insights as a principal, husband, father and teacher…his blog facilitated the development and communication of his shared vision through conveying the image of his ultimate educational setting.
- Prior to his social media transformation, Dr. Cook would send out a weekly email (e.g. Monday Memo, Friday Focus). Afterwards, he created a weekly update blog and included videos, pictures, and relevant information carefully designed to increased learning and 21st century skills as they told the story of the school.
- Spike has never mandated technology integration. . .he feels that modeling is the effective leadership route to help his teachers grow. He rewards teachers who take risks and supports all teachers in what they need to be successful.
- Many of our shools are broken because our techniques have not shifted in line with societal changes.
- Michael Fullan’s Six Secrets of Change:
- Love Your Employees – Trust and support them unconditionally.
- Connect Peers with Purpose – allow teachers to have a voice in the decision-making process and to craft how policies and mandates will be implemented.
- Capacity Building Prevails – the effectiveness of distributed leadership resides in the human potential available to be released within an organization, an emergent property of a group or network of individuals in which group members pool their expertise.
- Learning is the Work – leaders must not only be creative in finding time to engage in PD during the day, but consistently model lifelong learning themselves.
- Transparency Rules – Sharing more information will increase engagement in the change process.
- Systems Learn
- Potential Roadblocks
- “This is too hard.”
- “I don’t have the time for this.”
- Lack of collaboration. (“Together we are better”)
- Directive approach. Model effectively rather than tell someone to do it.
- Hierarchy in schools.
- No support.
- Fear of Change
- Naysayers and antagonists.
- Poor professional development.
- Frivolous purchases.
- Digital leadership is a change in professional behavior that will pave the way to create a more relevant school through the seamless integration of 21st century tools…it’s about changing the way we do things that will transform school culture to better meet the needs of all stakeholders in the digital age.
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