More teachers are leading the charge to integrate technology into the classroom. In this blog post, former educator Shane Haggerty examines some of the common traits among these "change agents," finding that education-technology leaders are curious and offer a fresh perspective. Such leaders also look to collaborate and ask for help when they need it, he writes.
School districts need a deliberate system in place to help train teachers to become future principals, according to a new report by the management-consulting firm Bain & Co. The group found that most surveyed teachers and teacher-leaders have no interest in becoming principals. "If you as a school system aren't actively promoting the benefits and the appeal of moving down a leadership pathway, and your school leaders themselves aren't the spokespeople for those jobs, you are leaving something very important on the table," Chris Bierly, a co-author of the report, said.
Educator Judith R. Fox writes in this blog post that while K-12 schools are teaching students reading, writing, math and various higher-order thinking skills, they are failing to teach young people to lead. The potential leaders are out there, Fox writes, but we need to provide them with programs that allow them to explore and practice being leaders. "There is no more important endeavor than assuring our world's future through the kind of leadership in which people matter as much as products, and helping others is its own reward," Fox writes.
The appointment of magazine executive Cathleen Black to lead New York City schools is raising questions about what credentials should be required for school leaders, writes Andrew J. Rotherham, an education columnist for TIME.com. The education field has long placed an emphasis on credentials, but evidence shows they are not predictive of whether an individual will be successful as a teacher or a school leader, and it is more likely a combination of factors -- including past performance -- that predicts their success, Rotherham writes.
Education technology expert Cheryl Lemke offered tips in a recent speech on what it takes to be a 21st-century education leader, including the best ways to incorporate technology into classroom lessons to encourage student learning. "One big goal of your classes and your teaching should be to engage student interest as much as possible," Lemke said. "The question you should be asking is, 'When they leave school, are they even more curious then when they began?'"