Technology is an asset when it comes to schools meeting the challenge of insuring that more students learn at higher levels.
Whether you are a formal or informal leader in schools I believe it is important for you to know what you value when it comes to technology and learning. Then it is important to be able to effectively communicate your thoughts and dreams related to students learning more and at high levels as a result of leveraging the assets available through the effective use of technology. And because our students change and the world of technology changes – it is imperative to not reach plateaus where we think we have figured out all the ways to enhance learning through and with technology.
Kouzes and Posner in their book: Credibility – How Leaders Gain and Lose It and Why People Demand It, page 52, 2003 state: “To be credible as a leader, you must first clarify your own values . . . . . Values guide how you feel, what you say, what you think, how you make choices, and how you act. Once clear about your own values, translate them into a set of guiding principles.”
As an educator and a leader my belief is that when we focus on the goal of each and every student learning at high levels (for that individual) that there is a need for more and more opportunities for students to engage with and use technology to experience exciting learning.
I value learners and their potential. I see schools as being responsible for being resourceful in meeting learners where they are and helping all of them to progress on their learning journey. As I think about the future, I see schools being rich with technology and rich I adult teachers, guides and supporters helping all students learn.
Kouzes and Posner go on to say (on the same page): “To be a leader, you must . . . develop a deeper understanding of the collective values and desires of your trusted constituents. Leadership is a relationship, and strong relationships are built on mutual understanding. Leadership is a dialogue, not a monologue.”
As school leaders I think we must accept that the values of the parents whose children we serve and I am sure they believe that their child is of worth schools connecting with and that their child should benefit from schooling. Part of that benefit from schooling has to be focused on the child learning the curriculum at high levels. Sadly, many individual students are not finding success in schools. We have serious drop out statistics and our achievement records clearly show that not all students are learning at high levels. We have work to do. We have a gap to close between “what is” and “what should be” for all students and their learning outcomes.
Thus, I end as I began: Technology is an asset when it comes to schools meeting the challenge of insuring that more students learn at higher levels.