Real-world ready schools are those focused on learning in a digital age and prepare students for the world of today and of the future. The culture of these real-world ready schools is based on building a leadership team, establishing a coherent vision for change, developing a systematic action plan, modeling for leaders effective and efficient ways to leverage digital tools to increase effectiveness, and modeling for teachers how to harness tools to support students' learning. Working smarter not harder by discovering natural compliments to the work already being done enhances outcomes. This highly engaging and interactive session will allow leaders to practice using digital tools to create a culture focused on rigor, relevance and engagement.
A successful leader is one who communicates effectively with all stakeholders and takes control of public relations by becoming the storyteller-in-chief. Sharing your vision for learning in a digital age is about building a community and strengthening relationships with your stakeholders. This day of professional learning will provide strategies and tools for digital leaders to build their community through effective communication strategies to market the highly rigorous and relevant student learning.
Eric Sheninger - Thought Leader on Digital Leadership
Eric Sheninger is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement.
His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures. As a result Eric has emerged as an innovative leader, best selling author, and sought after speaker. His main focus is purposeful integration of technology to facilitate student learning, improve communications with stakeholders, enhance public relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunity, transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally.
Eric has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for his work. He is a CDE Top 30 award recipient, Bammy Award winner, NASSP Digital Principal Award winner, PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient, winner of Learning Forward's Excellence in Professional Practice Award Google Certified Innovator, Adobe Education Leader, and ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar.
A frequent blogger, Eric is also the author of Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times.
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Highlighting best practices to establish vision
Engaging participants in discussion around the pillars, collecting perception data from participants using digital
Supporting teachers in lesson design - essential elements for digital learning initiatives
Building an Understanding of the Rigor/Relevance Framework
Building awareness of digital tools to support communication, collaboration, problem solving and creativity in student learning
Blended learning to emphasize student ownership/leadership/choice
Reflect on classroom instruction (such as Mystery Skype, video and lesson plan to break down)
Redesigning spaces into real world learning environments (such as Makerspaces and virtual learning options)
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and 1:1
No tech, no problem (Plickers)
Focusing on digital citizenship and responsibility
Why brand presence is leadership priority
Building Your Brand - Consistent and Targeted
Discussion of information stakeholders want
Developing a multifaceted approach to engage stakeholders (Twitter, Facebook, Google Docs, school apps)
Examples and best practices
Strategies and tools to develop a foundation to take control of PR
Increasing student voice
What are some issues you have experienced with professional development?
What is a PLN?
Strategies and tools to build a PLN to learn anytime, anywhere, and with anyone for free
Getting Faculty to Develop their PLN
Establishing goals for professional growth
Developing a vision to create a culture focused on rigor, relevance, and relationships that is enhanced by technology
Supporting teachers in lesson design to develop students' media literacy, digital responsibility, and their skills in using technology while also developing their critical thinking, communication, collaboration, problem solving, and creativity
Creating structures and supports for engaging learning spaces that reflect the real world environments students will experience
Increasing capacity for providing effective feedback on instruction
Enhancing public relations with parents and the community
Creating your school's positive brand presence
Building a professional learning plan for your faculty
Leveraging social media to create opportunities for student learning
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