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ETEC 695 - Leadership and Management

Program Core Presentation of Leadership and Management - Jennifer Lares, Robert Moushon, Angelique Patterson and Zachary Wallace

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Transcript of ETEC 695 - Leadership and Management

Leadership and Management
ETEC 695 - Adams
Core Course Review - Leadership and Management

Jennifer Lares, Robert Moushon, Angelique Patterson, and Zachary Wallace
Connected Educators
Why Lead?
Systems Thinking

Senge, P. (1990). Give me a lever long enough…and single-handedly I can move the world. In
The Fifth Discipline
(pp. 3-16). New York, NY: Doubleday.

Meadows, D. H., & Wright, D. (2008).
Thinking in systems: A primer
. White River Junction, VT.: Chelsea Green Publishers.

Technology Acquisitions

Peter Senge

Change in leadership philosophy of successful organizations
5 disciplines:

Benefit to systems perspective
Donella Meadows

System Basics
Successful System Qualities
System Traps
Leverage Points
Understanding Systems
System Basics

Elements – the parts

Interconnections – how they work together

Purpose – the reason the system exists, determined only by behavior
Successful System Qualities


Self Organization

System Traps

Common problematic behaviors & opportunities
System Traps:
Policy resistance
Tragedy of the commons
Drift to low performance
Success to the successful
Shifting the burden to the intervener
Rule beating
Seeking the wrong goal
Leverage Points

Points in the system where a small change could lead to a large shift in behavior
Leverage points:
Stock and flow structures
Balancing feedback loops
Reinforcing feedback loops
Information flows
Self organization
Transcending paradigms
Understanding Systems

Identifying problematic behavior

Effecting efficient changes

Designing new systems
What is a connected educator?

Acquire knowledge through developed networks
Use social media for online collaboration
Engage in conversations to improve practice
Bring knowledge back to classrooms, schools, and districts

Better understanding of teaching and learning
Growth of knowledge base
Increase student learning and engagement
Answers to critical questions
New paradigm shift in PD

Connected Educators

Connected educators engage in Web 2.0 tools to…

contribute and share.
Develop and foster 21st century skills.
transform education!

Connected Educators = Connected
Learners = Connected Leaders

Learning to learn
Constructing knowledge
Unlearning and relearning
Taking responsibility
Learning in the classroom

Knowledge Construction

Knowledge for practice
Knowledge in practice
Knowledge of practice
Altering Leadership Roles in a
Connected World

Development of shared vision
Formal leaders vs. Transformational leaders
Distributed leadership
Transforming principal’s role
Transforming teacher’s role
Empowering students as leaders
American Association of School Librarians. (2009).
Empowering learners
. Chicago: American Library Association.

Nussbam Beach, S., Hall, L. R. (2011).
The connected educator: Learning and leading in a digital age
. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.

Richardson, W; Mancabelli, R. (2011).
Personal learning networks: Using the power of connections to transform education
. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.

Network, network, network!
Typical Teacher Network
Connected Teacher Network
Connected Learning Communities
Table 2.1: The Three Prongs of Connected Learning Communities (p.35)
Frazier, M. & Bailey, G. (2004). Budgeting and planning. In
The technology coordinator’s handbook
(pp 123-142). Washington, DC: The International Society for Technology in Education.

Picciano, A. (2006).
Educational leadership and planning for technology
(4th ed.). Pearson Education, Inc : Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Williamson, R. & Johnston, H. (2013).
The school leader's guide to social media
. New York, NY: Routledge.
Identifying a Need
Where you are and where you want to be (Frazier & Bailey)
Are you diluting your goals? Compromising? Is it worth it for what you want to achieve?
What Else to Consider
You're a secondary school teacher that’s just joined a new institution. You have been added to a school’s tech committee, and after the first meeting you see that they’re ineffective. There seems to be a lack of direction, and they are spending money on popular technology just so that they don’t lose the funding. You have a great emerging technology idea to introduce to the group, but know that you have to tread lightly before speaking up.

Based on some of the leadership and management ideas we have brought up in this presentation, what approach should you take?
Know your district/college policies and procedures before you begin
Security and Transparency (Williamson & Johnston)
Advertising Hype
Future Proofing
Compatibility - not just with computers
Facilities available?
Connection capacity?
IT Support in-house?
When working in committees, consider multiple points of view
Costs include not just hardware or licenses but indirect costs
technical support
training/professional development
Major lump of money necessary up-front
Develop an allocation plan (Frazier & Bailey)
School Budget
Local and State Bond Issues
Government Entities

Need to master Research, Planning and Implementation before asking for finances
What really is future-proof?
Is that something you can spend much time on?
Have you worked the new tech acquisition into your curriculum already?
Is it going to be a “one and done” project? Is it going to be worth the time?

Expense trends show cost per application/hardware declines - tech budgets increase year-over-year (Picciano)
Source: Typical Teacher Network used with permission from Alec Couros
Connected Teacher Network,
The Connected Educator
, pg. 27
Search for a Leader:
5 Qualities to look for in a leader
1. Focus: Internal compass,
use every challenge as an
opportunity to demonstrate
the “right “ direction.
Google image, compass, vtattoo.es

2. Passion: “passion is hard to fake”
Answer can only be found by taking a “Quest for Soul”
Google, Journey Quest, TV series.

3. Wisdom: Experience, K.I.S.S. (Simplicity helps navigate through complexities)

4. Courage: Moving forward toward goals regardless of the outside noise

5. Integrity: Inspires, builds relationships
Characteristics Continued
Our Leader is Steve
Supernatural Aid/Mentor: Maria

Call to Adventure
Why go on the quest for soul?
Educators encounter experiences that challenge fundamental and deep human issues (like 9/11) and we need to be willing to “confront” those issues because they challenge learning “and learning is our business”.
Authorship: pride and satisfaction when creating
Love: Caring not just for yourself but your team
Power: Making an impact (“paradox”)
Significance: Importance and meaningfulness
4 Trials: Leadership Gifts
Revelation & Transformation

Leader has to undergo or transcend to a new sense of identity and be willing to become one with his/ her soul
- When Steve realized that Maria is right.
Return Home
Back at the office:
Sharing of knowledge and experience.
Google Image
You have been working as the an Associate Director of Academic Technology for a small college campus for about a year. You have a team of two veterans and one new hire that started about six months ago. On your team you have a veteran, Sharon, who is reluctant to staying on task and does not show motivation for her own professional development. The other veteran, Daniel, has shown initiative and is taking advantage of various professional development opportunities. The new hire, Charlie, seems to be settling into the new position well but could work on broadening his technical skills.

Your team has been assigned a new campus wide project initiative to work with faculty and staff on implementing technology into their curricula for the new Fall 2014 semester.

How do you go about establishing team solidarity and motivating them to get excited for the work they will be doing in the future months?
Using and Preparing Media to Make Your Case
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