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Leadership Day 2010

For the third straight year, Scott McLeod is organizing Leadership Day 2010, where bloggers with a passion for education can address leaders. You can find an aggregated collection of these posts from his site, Dangerously Irrelevant. Last year, I posted a list of things that administrators could do to get started off on the right foot to encourage growth  within their buildings. This year, I want to stick with the idea of a list, but I want to focus on the top five things an administrator can look for from his/her teachers.

Teachers today can use the NETS standards from ISTE to be sure they are offering their students the best possible introduction to 21st century skills. Administrators need to know how to assess these standards in practice. Below, I have highlighted the five overarching standards and offered some practical tips on what they might look like in practice. If administrators will look for these things from their teachers, they will find them in themselves as well.

1. Student Learning & Creativity

  • offer choices for students to process and share their learning
  • let students use real-world problem and solution models to practice and apply learning of new concepts and re-think previously learned ones
  • have students reflect on their own learning and the processes by which they learn in order to discover more about their own metacognition
  • balance learning and sharing between virtual and face to face environments
  • emphasize the process of acquiring knowledge as much as the final product

2. Digital Age Learning Experiences & Assessments

  • assessments for students incorporate the teacher’s understanding of NETS for students
  • proficiency with a variety of digital tools and resources should be encouraged for all students
  • variation in digital tools relates to specific content objectives
  • students are able to weigh in on the assessment of their learning and sharing based on their own reflective practices
  • diversity of learning styles, individual needs and preferences is addressed through virtual and face to face learning opportunities
  • formative and summative assessments are used regularly and with the goal of increasing learning

3. Digital Age Work & Learning

  • helping students use the same ideas and process them differently
  • offer students and parents multiple ways to digitally connect to you and one another
  • Help students and parents collaborate and find ways to enhance their own learning
  • provide opportunities for students to learn how to collect, analyze, and  information in a way that teaches them to be good consumers of information

4. Digital Citizenship & Responsibility

  • model safe digital citizenship
  • provide direct instruction for students about issues facing children and teens regarding digital safety
  • offer learning opportunities for parents
  • make sure that all students are offered access for digital tools
  • engage in digital connections with peoples of all cultures, model global citizenship

5. Professional Growth & Leadership

  • provide evidence of personal involvement in a global learning community/PLN (personal learning network)
  • exhibit leadership by facilitating opportunities for digital collaboration within network of professionals
  • design personal learning experiences that address an individual’s needs and wants
  • maintain a reflective component to teaching and learning


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