Leading in the Digital Age by hnmWNs6D


									       It All Begins At the Top
How to Lead Your District In the Use of
 Technology and 21st Century Skills
John Doherty, Ed.D., Superintendent Reading Public Schools
   April Goran, MEd., Instructional Technology Specialist,
              Reading Memorial High School

 2010 Blueprint for Excellence National Conference

                 December 7, 2010
              Lake Buena Vista, Florida
                  Contact Information
John F. Doherty, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Reading Public Schools
82 Oakland Road
Reading, MA 01867
Phone: 781-944-5800
Email: jdoherty@reading.k12.ma.us
Twitter: jdoherty
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          Focus For Today
Why Change?
Our role as leaders
What are 21st Century Learners?
How will this get done?
Leadership is the Key
An example of how it is being done
   13 Step Process
A look at some tools for administrators
Closure and Questions
       Key Question All Day

How can I lead my school/district to
change their use of technology and 21st
Century Skills?
Why do we need to change?
Did You Know?
  Howie DiBlasi
Three Fundamental Changes
The rapid evolution of the new global knowledge
economy with profound effects on the world of
work-all work
The sudden and dramatic shift from information
that is limited in terms of amount and availability
to information characterized by flux and glut
The increasing impact of media and technology
on how young people learn and relate to the
world and to each other
    The World Is Truly Flat
When I was growing up, my parents told
me, “Finish your dinner, People in India
and China are starving.” I tell my
daughters, “Finish your homework.
People in India and China are starving for
your job.”

                       Thomas Friedman
                       The World is Flat
 Learning How to Learn is Key
“You actually want to become really adaptable.
 You want constantly to acquire new skills,
 knowledge, and expertise that enable you
 constantly to be able to create value….Being
 adaptable in a flat world, knowing how to “learn
 how to learn,” will be one of the most important
 assets any worker can have, because job churn
 will come faster, because innovation will happen
                             Thomas Friedman
                             The World is Flat
“The fact is, our young people are
woefully under prepared for the
demands of today’s workplace”
Ken Kay, Past President of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills
The Job
 We need to become more right
 brained to compete and survive
“The future belongs to a very different kind of
mind ─ creators and empathizers, pattern
recognizers, and meaning makers. These
people ─ artists, inventors, designers,
storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture
thinkers ─ will now reap society’s richest
rewards and share its greatest joys.”
                              Daniel Pink
          A Whole New Mind-Why Right-Brainers will Rule the Future
   Technology-The Equalizer
“We should use technology funding to bolster
new learning models and innovations, such as
online learning environments, to level the
playing field and allow students from all walks of
life-from small rural communities to budget
strapped urban schools-to access the rich
variety that is now available only to children of
wealthy suburban districts.”
                           Clayton Christensen
                           Disrupting Class
What Are 21st Century Learning or
      Transferable Skills?
Partnership for 21st Century Skills
             21st Century Skills
   Creativity and             Life and Career Skills
    Innovation                     Flexibility and
   Critical Thinking and          Initiative and self
    Problem Solving                direction
                                   Productivity and
   Communication and              accountability
    Collaboration                  Cross Cultural Skills
   Information Literacy           Lifelong learning
   Media Literacy                 Social Skills
   Technology Literacy            Leadership
                                   Personal Wellness
                     4 C’s
 Critical Thinking

        Seven Survival Skills
    The Global Achievement Gap (Wagner, 2008)

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Collaboration Across Networks and Leading
by Influence
Agility and Adaptability
Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
Effective Oral and Written Communication
Accessing and Analyzing Information
Curiosity and Imagination
All of Our Schools Are Obsolete
“In today’s highly competitive global knowledge economy,
 all students need new skills for college, careers, and
 citizenship. The failure to give all students these new
 skills leaves today’s youth and our country, at an
 alarming competitive disadvantage. Schools haven’t
 changed; the world has. And so our schools are not
 failing. Rather, they are obsolete-even the ones that
 score the best on standardized tests.”

                        Tony Wagner
                        The Global Achievement Gap
      Here are the questions…
What changes must be made within the education
system to prepare our nation’s students for both
analytic and creative thinking?
What must teachers and administrators do differently
to stimulate student’s imaginations?
What kinds of tests must be given to students to show
whether we are making progress toward these
ambitious goals?

                          Tony Wagner (2008)
  Here is what is at stake…
The future of our economy
The strength of our democracy
The health of the planet’s ecosystem
Our current and future generations of
It’s Time
      The bottom line…
Our classrooms of today are still
using methods that we used over
30 years ago..
How will this get done?
To shift you need to change the culture
“…all school cultures are incredibly resistant to
change, which makes school improvement--from
within or from without--usually futile. Unless teachers
and administrators act to change the culture of a
school, all innovations, high standards, and high-
stakes tests will have to fit in and around existing
elements of the culture. They will remain superficial
window dressing, incapable of making much of a
                              Roland Barth
                              Educational Leadership
                              May, 2002
        The Key is

Transformational Leadership
  Transformational Leadership
  Deep Change (Quinn, 1996)
Realize the vision at all costs
The vision is far more important than
Organization is viewed as a moral system
Values and principles outweigh political
Transformational leaders will develop a
plan of action, mobilize the workforce, and
unleash power by vocalizing the core
values of the system
   Transformational Leadership
Leader must walk the walk and talk the talk
Every action is consistent with the vision
People watch the leader’s actions towards the
vision and respond
Risk taking is encouraged and welcome
Symbolic communication is important
Leader’s actions are beyond normal
expectations and outside the rules of self-
Transformational Leadership
Transformational leadership requires
looking at educational change systemically
instead of a narrow focus.
Transformational leadership aims to foster
capacity development and higher levels of
personal commitment to organizational
goals, mission, and vision.
     Nine Specific Practices of
    Transformational Leadership
                 Leithwood, 2007

Setting Directions
   Building school vision
   Developing specific goals and practices
   Holding high performance expectations
     Nine Specific Practices of
    Transformational Leadership
                 Leithwood, 2007

Developing People
   Providing intellectual stimulation
   Offering individualized support
   Modeling desirable professional practices and
     Nine Specific Practices of
    Transformational Leadership
                  Leithwood, 2007

Redesigning the Organization
   Developing a collaborative school culture
   Creating structures to foster participation in
    school decisions
   Creating productive community relationships
How can you transform schools
        and districts?
Source: http://www.edleader21.com/approach.html
         On or off the bus???
     “Good to Great: (Collins, 2001)
How to change and transform a good school/district
into a great school or district.
1. Get the right people on the bus.
2. Get them in the right seats- Put the right people in
the right place in the bus
3. Get the wrong people off the bus.

One way to find out who the wrong people are: If you
have to actively manage the people they are the
wrong people.
How we are transforming our district
           Five Years Ago…
8 Schools Going in 8 Different Directions
No District Improvement Plan or Vision
No Wide Area Network
No Wireless Internet Access
Student to Computer Ratio High
No laptops
Minimal SMART Boards in District
Inadequate Technology Staffing
Direct Instruction was the Norm
Minimal Project Based Learning
21st Century Skills was just a phrase
Schools Moving Forward Together Toward a Common Vision
while Keeping Their Own Identity
Developing a professional learning community
District Improvement Plan based on Research Based
A vision developed by the stakeholders
Adequate Technology Staff
90% of Classrooms Have SMART Boards
Job Embedded Professional Development in Technology
Mobile Computer Carts
60% of the District is Wireless
Student to Computer Ratio in District 3:1
Hands on, Project Based Learning
Sharing of lessons on WAN
Collaboration of lessons and skills
The Key is Changing the Culture

It is not going to happen overnight
 Here is one way to do it…
Some steps can happen simultaneously
          Step 1
 Work with Community to
Develop a (or Change Your
Current) Mission and Vision
     Develop the Process
Use a school wide assessment (i.e.
Blueprint for Success)
Work with stakeholders to develop mission
and vision for school and district
Develop district goals
Develop school goals that align with
district goals and are measurable
Teachers develop measurable goals
aligned with school goals
Mission of the Reading Public Schools
The Reading Public Schools strives to ensure
that all students will have common challenging
meaningful learning experiences in the
academics, health and wellness, the arts,
community service, co-curricular activities and
athletics. We will lead and manage our school
community to reflect the values and culture of
the Reading Community, and guide and support
our students to develop the appropriate skills,
strategies, creativity and knowledge necessary
to be productive informed independent citizens
in a global society.
Overall Plan for Continuous
      District Goals for 2010-11
   Through collaboration and innovation, we will
    advance learning for all students by teaching
    and integrating 21st Century skills within a
    challenging standards-based curriculum.
   We will ensure a safe, healthy, and sustainable
    learning environment where all members are
    expected to be respectful and socially
   We will cultivate productive partnerships with
    families and community.
     Superintendent’s Goals
Increase communication and collaboration with all
stakeholders in the Reading Public Schools.
Decrease the number of bullying, harassment,
discrimination incidents in the district.
Increase the technology proficiency level of
teachers and administrators in the school district.
Increase the revenue generation opportunities in
the district.
Increase student achievement for all students, K-
              Step 2
Develop and Maintain the Infrastructure
  Hire outstanding network managers and other
 technical staff
  Determine Equipment Needs and Purchase
    Servers
    Wireless Access
    Internet Connectivity in every classroom
    Wide Area Network/Local Area Network
    Phone Systems (VOIP)
    Virtualization
 Maintain a replacement cycle
              Step 3
Identify Tech Gurus in Your District
         and Develop a Plan
Create a visionary group that can give you
input on a plan
Develop a realistic technology plan that is a
working document
Integrate curriculum maps with 21st Century
Skills, DESE, and ISTE Standards
Get input on the plan from all stakeholders
I.S.T.E…NETS for administrators

1.   Visionary Leadership
2.   Digital Age Learning Culture
3.   Excellence in Professional Practice
4.   Systemic Improvement
5.   Digital Citizenship
ISTE Standards
     4 Main Points from I.S.T.E.
Educational leaders inspire a shared vision for
comprehensive integration of technology and foster
a culture conducive to the realization of that vision.
Educational leaders ensure that curricular design,
instructional strategies and learning environments
integrate appropriate technologies to maximize
learning and teaching.
Educational leaders ensure the integration of
technology to support productive systems for
learning and administration.
Educational leaders use technology to plan and
implement comprehensive systems of effective
assessment and evaluation.
        ICT Literacy Maps
ICT Literacy Map - Geography - Map
ICT Literacy Map - Math - Map
ICT Literacy Map - Science - Map
ICT Literacy Map - Social Studies - Map
ICT Literacy Map - English
                     Step 4
Identify Resources to Upgrade and Maintain
  Federal and State Grant Funding
  Parents and Alumni
  Local Budget
  Building Projects
  Educational Foundations and Grants
                Step 5
    Put the technology tools in the
      hands of the right people
Identify who has the willingness and
capacity to use the technology effectively
Provide them with three tools
   Laptop
   Projector
   Internet Access
Let them go…
Eventually, it will get contagious
               Step 6
Provide Access Outside of School Time
   For Community
   For Teachers
   For Students
                      Step 7
District Leaders Model the Use of Technology
Start a Blog
Join Social Networks
    Have a twitter, google and facebook account
    Join and develop Ning Communities
Subscribe to blogs and podcasts using google
reader or rss
Identify Someone to Design and Maintain the
District Web Page
Make a Video Podcast
                    Step 7
District Leaders Model the Use of Technology
Use technology (i.e. Google Docs, Skype) in your
administrative meetings
Start a Discussion about 1:1 Computing in Your
Start a Weekly Audio Podcast
Encourage teachers to engage students in learning
Go see how other school districts are using
Use Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence and ISTE
               Step 8
Get Building Administrators on Board
Give them laptops and wireless access
Investigate the use of ipads for use during observations
Use applications at administrator meetings (i.e. google docs)
Have them attend professional development workshops with
their staff
Run workshops for administrators only
Develop an administrator evaluation tool that has standards
that include leading and modeling technology use
Run an Administrative Book Group
   World is Flat (Friedman, 2006)
   A Whole New Mind-Why Right Brainers Rule the World (Pink, 2007)
   The Global Achievement Gap (Wagner, 2008)
Have them visit schools and districts that use technology
Do You and Your Administrators
 Know and Use These Tools?
Wikispaces         Facebook
Blogs              RSS
Google             Twitter
Gcast              Wikipedia
Jing               Del.icio.us
iShowU             Google Maps
Camtasia           Audacity
Skype              Mousepose
Zamzar             ProfCast
You Tube           Voice Thread
Internet Grammar   Photo Story
Ustream            And more…
Educational leaders apply technology to enhance their
professional practice and to increase their own
productivity and that of others. Educational leaders…

  model the routine, intentional, and effective use of
  employ technology for communication and
  collaboration among colleagues, staff, parents,
  students, and the larger community.
  create and participate in learning communities that
  stimulate, nurture, and support faculty and staff in
  using technology for improved productivity.
  engage in sustained, job-related professional
  learning using technology resources.
  maintain awareness of emerging technologies and
  their potential uses in education.
      MSNBC’s Brzezinski: You Better
      Embrace Tech Tools … and Soon
   "If you are a thoughtful
  leader and you are running
  a school system, then you
  should be technologically
  on the front lines and you
  should be the voice of that
  school system," she said. "I
  urge you to blog, to use the
  Web anyway that you can
  to get the great news about
  your schools out.“
Mika Brzezinski at 2010 AASA National
  Conference on Education
            Step 9
Create Job Embedded Professional
      Examples of Job Embedded
       Professional Development
Train the Trainers Model (SMART Trainers)
Become a SMART Showcase District
Sharing Workshops
Staff Meetings
Expanding the Boundaries of Teaching and Learning Graduate
Level Course using Cohort Model
Instructional Technology Specialists
Workshops and Courses
National Blue Ribbon School Institute
Regional Workshops
Align goals with teacher evaluation
Book Groups
Professional Learning Communities
     What is a learning community?
Works together to share and build an enriching environment.
A safe place to try, fail, and try again. A learning
community takes risks together.
An environment that fosters innovation and creativity.
A way to discuss "Big Ideas."
An atmosphere of respect where people are comfortable
sharing their ideas.
A place where we can learn from our own and each others’
mistakes and feel comfortable doing so.
A place where everyone is interested in learning.
A place to share.
Exchanging ideas.
Collaboration cross-curricular/division
    Create a “Proof of Concept”
          (DiBlasi, 2009)
Consider a tool you want to explore
Select a partner to create a "mock up" of
something you might use in your role as an
educator—or that students might create
Consider collaborating with others who
teach different grades or different subjects
Remember you need to have a product in
30 minutes, so don't let little details bog you
    Create a proof-of-concept that
     meets the following criteria

Utilizes at least one Web 2.0 tool
Is tailored for a specific educational purpose
Illustrates how you or students would use the
Demonstrates the concept sufficiently that other
educators might implement it
                  Step 10
Identify Tools that Teachers/Administrators Need
                 to or Want to Use
 Outlook                     Google Tools
 Test Wiz                    Skype
 Audio Boo                   Wikispaces
 Ning                        Wordpress.com
 Administrator’s Plus        Slideshare.net
 Grade Quick                 Discovery Education
                   Step 11
Encourage Risk Taking and Experimentation
Break the rules
Minimize your filters
Develop an AUP that encourages the use of Web 2.0
Give students email addresses
Support the teachers who want to change
Redesign teacher evaluation to include technology
Run Pilot Projects, Collect Data and Assess Results
Develop assessments that measure 21st Century Skills
                              Step 11
Encourage Risk Taking and Experimentation
Start a Discussion about 1:1 Computing in Your District
   1:1 Computers
   Netbooks versus laptops
   Tablets
   Mobile Phones
   Ipads
Have a tool that allows teachers to have their own web pages
Add Virtual Learning (Virtual High School) and Distance
Learning Opportunities
Subscribe to Digital Textbooks and Discovery Education
Have students create own textbooks on a Wiki
It’s Time to Explore!
         Tools To Explore
 Google.com       Piratepad.net
 Ning.com         http://splashurl.net/
                   Web Page
(Wordpress.com)    Twitter.com
 Jing.com          Facebook.com
                   Slide Share
                  (www.slideshare.net )
      Create a Google Account
       If you do not have one

         Google Tips
   Courtesy of Howie DeBlasi

10_ISTE_29 Google Guide_DONE_B.doc
          Pirate Pad
An alternative to Google Docs
Tips on Building Your Blog

     Tips on Building Blogs

    20 Ways to Blog Building

     Source: Howie DiBlasi
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             Slide Share
           Step 12
     Ask the Question…

What should learning look like?
            Change the classroom
               Alan November
Team of students
1.Research team – Google – AltaVista Search
2.Tutorial Team – Jing (Create Screencasts)
3.Curriculum Team –Podcasts (Recordings)
4.Scribes Team – Google Docs (take class notes)
5.Global team – e-pals – IVC- Skype
6.Contributions To Society - Kiva

 Need 5 students each day then rotate-every student participates in a team
           What does it look like?
Develop Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills
Collaborating documents with Google Docs
Provide “Project Based Learning” Experiences
Develop Information Processing Skills
Give Kids A Global Voice and Globalize the Curriculum
Discover RSS and subscribe to a Podcast or Blog
Teaching students to be self-directed
Create, Collaborate, Communicate (DiBlasi)
Delicious-Social Bookmarking
Make connection and contribution to society
   What can I do to change the world?
 Students prefer dealing with
     questions rather than
    answers, sharing their
opinions, participating in group
  projects, working with real-
 world issues and people, and
  having teachers who talk to
them as equals rather than as
Project Based Learning
          Get REAL
       (November, 2009)
Read the URL
Examine the Content
Ask about the Author and Owner
Look at the Links
e-Pals…16 million users
 WEB Cameras - $19.95 - $89.95

$49.99 camera + Skype=IVC-
25 Days to Make A Difference
               Step 13
           Internet Safety
Educate the community
Teach the skills in school, so they can use
it safely outside of school
 Did You Know?-Part VI
Courtesy of Howie DiBlasi
              Step 14
           Give them time
Eliminate other mandates
Make this a priority
Do not make it the “flavor of the month”
          Step 15
Remember Why we Are Doing This
For every nine people who denounce innovation, only
one will encourage it.
For every nine people who do things the way they have
always been done, only one will ever wonder if there is
a better way.
For every nine people who stand in line in front of a
locked building, only one will ever come around and
check the back door.
Our progress as a species rests squarely on the
shoulders of that tenth person. The nine are satisfied
with things they are told are valuable.
Person 10 determines for himself what has value.

Will you be the 10th person?
Think Different
Thank You
                  Contact Information
John F. Doherty, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Reading Public Schools
82 Oakland Road
Reading, MA 01867
Phone: 781-944-5800
Email: jdoherty@reading.k12.ma.us
Twitter: jdoherty
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