Thursday, October 28, 2010

10 Ways to Redefine Educational Leadership — Thinking Learning

I was just telling my school director this the other day...Jennie

10 Ways to Redefine Educational Leadership — Thinking Learning
by Eric Sheninger - Principal at New Milford High School in New Jersey
Transformational leadership consists of the following:
  1. Sharing control and the decision making process.
  2. Collaboration.
  3. Supporting teachers and students. We need to be more like cheerleaders as opposed to dictators.
  4. Breaking from traditionalistic views such as one size fits all and if it isn’t broke don’t fix it.
  5. Flexibility.
  6. Empowerment: Students play a vital role in this renaissance. They need to be placed in a position to share their ideas and then see some of them acted upon. Teachers need to know that they can take risks and fail every now and again in order to develop innovative learning experiences. Fear of failure any educational culture will always inhibit the change process.
  7. Stop the excuses (i.e. I don’t have time to learn about social media).
  8. Redesigning professional development in a way that motivates staff members instead of bores them.
  9. Modeling the use of effective technologies.
  10. Constant pursuit of professional growth opportunities, both formal and informal.
If we are to successfully educate our students to solve real-world problems, collaborate and think critically then we as leaders must be willing to change as well.
How are you redefining educational leadership? How are you leading your colleagues and students across this ever-changing digital landscape?

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