Educational Leadership for Innovation

We talk a lot about the changing culture of teaching in the "digital-age" by talking about the skills necessary for our students to be successful in the 21st Century. A focus on student-centered learning, providing student voice and choice, or organizing lessons for students to solve real-life problems are topics of conversation I often find myself a part of in and outside of our school district.

What about the changing role of school leaders in this shift?

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)  developed standards to help principals and administrators focus on new and innovative instruction within the school system as a whole. The conversation isn't always about technology, yet more about supporting, modeling and visioning the possibilities for the future of instruction. While we can't ignore the words TECHNOLOGY and EDUCATION in the organization's name without acknowledging a little bit of bias, take a look at the framework. Do the leadership skills align with the instruction and learning you want to see in your school? What can you do as a leader (input) to model and support the learning environment you want your students (output) to have?

Check out the ISTE Standards for Administrators here.

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