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Digital Leadership

Changing Paradigms for Changing Times
Second Edition
By: Eric C. Sheninger

Foreword by Sugata Mitra
A Joint Publication With ICLE

The future-forward framework in this book prepares leaders to harness the power of innovative ideas and digital strategies to create relevant, engaging, and intuitive school cultures.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544350837
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2019
  • Page Count: 288
  • Publication date: April 08, 2019

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Lead for efficacy in these disruptive times!

Just as the digital landscape is constantly evolving, the second edition of Digital Leadership moves past trends and fads to focus on the essence of leading innovative change in education now and in the future. As society and technology evolve at what seems a dizzying pace, the demands on leaders are changing as well. With a greater emphasis on leadership dispositions, this revamped edition also features

  • New structure and organization emphasizing the interconnectivity of the Pillars of Digital Leadership to drive sustainable change
  • Innovative strategies and leadership practices that enhance school culture and drive learning improvement
  • Updated vignettes from digital leaders who have successfully implemented the included strategies
  • New online resources, informative graphics, and end of chapter guiding questions

Now is the time to embrace innovation, technology, and flexibility to create a learning culture that provides students with 21st century critical competencies!

Interested in having Eric join you and your team for a virtual book study?

If you order 200 or more copies of Digital Leadership, 2nd edition, Eric will lead a 5-week synchronous book club via Zoom or Google Hangouts for your team members.

Here’s how it works:
- Purchase at least 200 copies of Digital Leadership, 2nd edition.
- Send Eric your receipt, PO, or other proof of purchase: esheninger@gmail.com.
- Eric will respond to coordinate the details for your book study.
- Contact Eric Sheninger at esheninger@gmail.com with any questions.

Key features

After reading this book which is laid out in full color for ease of use and reading, you will be able to:

  • Identify obstacles to change and specific solutions to overcome them in order to transform teaching, learning, and leadership in the digital age
  • Work smarter, not harder, by aligning a digital-leaning mindset to leadership practices to enhance school culture and improve stakeholder relations
  • Leverage the digital resources and personalized pathways to grow professionally like never before
  • Readily implement practical digital leadership strategies aligned to research and proven in action through practitioner vignettes.

This book is also notable for a Foreword by Sugata Mitra



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Eric C. Sheninger

Eric 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 acknowledgments 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. Eric has published several books on school leadership, partnering with Corwin on Uncommon Learning, and the 1st and 2nd editions of Digital Leadership.

He has also contributed on education for the Huffington Post, sits on the advisory board for many innovative companies, and was named to the NSBA “20 to Watch” list in 2010 for technology leadership. TIME Magazine also identified Eric as having one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds in 2014. He now presents and speaks nationally to assist other school leaders to embrace and effectively utilize technology. His blog, A Principal’s Reflections, was selected as Best School Administrator Blog in 2013 and 2011 by Edublogs. It was also recognized with an Editor’s Choice Content Award in 2014 by Smartbrief Education.Eric began his career in education as a Science Teacher at Watchung Hills Regional High School where he taught a variety of subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Marine Biology, Ecology) and coached several sports (ice hockey, football, lacrosse). He then transitioned into the field of educational administration as an Athletic Director/Supervisor of Physical Education & Health and Vice Principal in the New Milford School District. During his administrative career, he has served as District Affirmative Action Officer and was the president of the New Milford Administrator’s Association. During his tenure as high school principal he successfully implemented numerous initiatives including a new teacher evaluation system (McREL), Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), oversaw Common Core implementation, and initiated a new grading philosophy. Eric received his M.Ed. in Educational Administration from East Stroudsburg University, B.S. in Biology from Salisbury University, and his B.S. in Marine/Environmental Science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents




About the Author

A Day in the Life of a Digital Leader

Chapter 1: How the Learning Landscape Has Changed

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Technology and Society

A New Learner


Guiding Questions

Chapter 2: A Compelling Case for Change

A School Leader’s New Path Forward

Excuses Hold Us Back

You Get What You Model

Embrace Innovation

Bold Ideas for a Bold New World

Grow Into a Digital Leader


Guiding Questions

Chapter 3: Leading Sustainable Change

The Journey of a Practitioner

Unearthing the Secrets of Change

The Process of Change

Overcoming Potential Roadblocks to Change

Moving Large Change Efforts Forward


Guiding Questions

Chapter 4: Leading Through a Digital Lens

A Superintendent’s Journey

Be in the Driver’s Seat

The Pillars of Digital Leadership

ISTE Standards for Educational Leaders

Future Ready Schools


Guiding Questions

Chapter 5: Improving Student Engagement, Learning, and Outcomes

School Should Reflect Real Life

How Research Should Guide the Work

Improving Pedagogy with a Learner-Focused Mindset and Framework

Moving from Teaching to Empowered Learning

A Pedagogical Foundation for Digital Tools

Rigorous and Relevant Learning as the Standard

Digital Learning in Action

A Focus on Critical Competencies

Digital Citizenship and Responsibility


Guiding Questions

Chapter 6: Transforming Learning Spaces and Environments

Clark Hall––A Creative Learning Environment

Designing Schools to Engage and Drive Learning


Devices for All (1:1)

Improving Access With BYOD

Blended Learning Versus Blended Instruction

Individualized and Personalized Learning


Guiding Questions

Chapter 7: Professional Growth and Learning

A Shift in Professional Learning

The Rise of Social Media as a Tool for Growth in Professional Practice

Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)

Connectedness as the Standard

The Professional Growth Period

Why Every Leader Needs a PLN


Guiding Questions

Chapter 8: Communication

No Better Time Than Now

Trailblazers Modeling the Way

Engage Stakeholders Using a Multifaceted Approach


Guiding Questions

Chapter 9: Public Relations

A District Forges a New Path

Tell Your Story

We Need More Stories of Success


Guiding Questions

Chapter 10: Branding

A Move to BrandED Thinking

Two Conversations Around BrandED Thinking

Why a BrandED Mindset Matters

The Right Hashtag


Guiding Questions

Chapter 11: Discovering Opportunity

Strategic Partnerships


Leveraging Social Media

The Interconnectedness of the Pillars of Digital Leadership


Guiding Questions

Chapter 12: Leading for Efficacy

A Shining Example: Wells Elementary School

A Push for Efficacy


Guiding Questions

Online Resources





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