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Digital Leadership
Changing Paradigms for Changing Times

  • Eric Sheninger - International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)

Foreword by Yong Zhao



© 2014 | 264 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with Ontario Principals' Council

"Leadership is no different today than it was years ago. The only difference is that style and focus need to change with the times if we are to accomplish the lofty task of preparing students for a dynamic world that is more social and connected as a result of technology. Leading in a way that supports the status quo, standardization, outdated practices, and misconceptions related to technology, not only does a disservice to our students, but also renders our schools and profession as irrelevant." - Eric Sheninger

Move leadership into the digital age

Digital leadership is a strategic mindset and set of behaviors that leverages resources to create a meaningful, transparent, and engaging school culture. It takes into account recent changes such as ubiquitous connectivity, open-source technology, mobile devices, and personalization to dramatically shift how schools have been run and structured for over a century.  Leading in education becomes exponentially powerful when using technology to your advantage.

Eric Sheninger—“Principal Twitter”—shares his Pillars of Digital Leadership to help readers

  • Transform school culture by initiating sustainable change
  • Use free social media tools to improve communication, enhance public relations and create a positive brand presence 
  • Integrate digital tools into the classroom to increase student engagement and achievement
  • Facilitate professional learning and access new opportunities and resources

The time is now, whether you are a building level or teacher leader, to boldly move schools forward in the digital age.

Digital Leadership is a great one-stop shopping place to learn about all the key ingredients you will need for success in the digital age. Comprehensive, clear, practical—get it and use it today!”
—Michael Fullan, Dean and Professor Emeritus
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, Canada

“This book is essential reading for any education leader trying to figure out how technology can strengthen schools—and what pitfalls to avoid.”
—Cindy Johanson, Executive Director
The George Lucas Educational Foundation

“Eric recognizes that ongoing professional development is the key to helping staff meet the challenges of the future. He shares how to leverage technology to build a strong school-based professional learning agenda.”
—Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director
Learning Forward

 
Foreword by Yong Zhao
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
A Day in the Life of a Digital Leader
 
1. The Evolving Educational Landscape
 
2. Why Schools Must Change
 
3. Keys to Leading Sustainable Change
 
4. Leading With Technology
 
5. Communication
 
6. Public Relations
 
7. Branding
 
8. Professional Growth and Development
 
9. Increasing Student Engagement and Enhancing Learning
 
10. Rethinking Learning Environments and Spaces
 
11. Discovering Opportunity
 
12. A Call to Action
 
Appendix A: The ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators
 
Appendix B: Twitter Memo for Parents
 
Appendix C: Student Media Waiver
 
Appendix D: Professional Growth Period Model Developed at New Milford High School
 
Appendix E: Integrating Digital Tools and Content to Develop Essential Literacies
 
Appendix F: IOCS Rubric
 
References
 
Index

“Digital Leadership” is more than a catchphrase—it’s how school principals must lead students, parents, and teachers—and no one is better equipped to describe this leadership approach than Eric Sheninger.

Digital Leadership is a carefully crafted and highly readable book that simultaneously provides a view of digital leadership from 60,000 feet alongside a boots-on-the-ground realist’s view of modern schooling. From setting aside fears of technology to understanding the importance of communication, public relations, and even branding, Digital Leadership offers compelling recommendations not only focused on the need to change but also on best ways to sustain change.

It’s possible that Eric saved the best for last when he describes the networked teacher and how students must be engaged in new, exciting ways, for truly, school leadership has always been about helping teachers engage students.

Finally, don’t mistake this as a book on technology. From the first to the last page, Eric’s book is all about school leadership, one that I highly recommend to every school leader."

William Bushaw, Executive Director
PDK International, Arlington, VA

"Eric recognizes that ongoing professional development is key to helping staff meet the challenges of the future. Eric Sheninger shares how to leverage technology to build a strong school-based professional learning agenda when other resources are not meeting the needs of your faculty and students.  His story and tools will be inspirational to others. Eric Sheninger recognizes that professional learning is key to achieving the goals of career and college ready standards. He shares the strategies he implements to prepare this staff and students to embrace the power of technology."

Stephanie Hirsch, Executive Director
Learning Forward

"How do school leaders transform themselves from the leadership style of today to become digital leaders of tomorrow? Eric Sheninger's Digital Leadership is an easy read for those who want to begin the transition to digital leadership but have been afraid to take the first step. More than merely a 'how to' book, Digital Leadership is a clarion call to action that compels the reader to do something now to transform schools into 'vibrant learning communities that are connected and allow social media to unleash creativity in learners.'

Digital Leadership addresses the growing disconnect between the world our students inhabit and the world in which they are educated. Replete with stories and concrete examples of 'how to', Digital Leadership is a must read for any school leader who recognizes that we stand at a crossroads in education where innovative leaders who possess the courage, passion, knowledge, and skills believe that 'technology is not just a shiny tool that can increase engagement but a conduit to endless possibilities that can enhance every facet of what we do in education.' A must read."

JoAnn Bartoletti, Executive Director
National Association of Secondary School Principals

"I loved this book! It is filled with many examples of how technology is impacting learning in classrooms across the country.  Whether you are a technology guru or learning to embrace technology, every school administrator should read this book to learn ways to prepare their students to be successful in the 21st century. Leadership 3.0 is a mindset that every school administrator needs to embrace and lead with. I am going to request that my superintendent purchase it for my fellow administrators, along with the educators on our district technology team."

Jessica Johnson, Principal and District Assessment Coordinator
Dodgeland Elementary School, Juneau, WI

"What a great read! Digital Leadership situates the trends in technology and education within an historical context and provides a blueprint to the reader for a navigable pathway for the future. And it manages to do so in a way that is empowering and energizing, while still addressing the very real fears and challenges facing any leader standing at this nexus of authentic educational reform. It is a very rare blend of philosophy, pedagogy, and practical, roll-up-your-sleeves how-tos."

Dr. Natalie Bernasconi, Lecturer
Univeristy of California, Santa Cruz
Key features
  • Identify obstacles to change and specific solutions to overcome them in order to transform schools in the digital age
  • Use digital tools and leadership practices to enhance school culture and improve stakeholder relations
  • Leverage the real-time web to grow professionally like never before
  • Utilize practical strategies from practicing school leaders that will provide a context for digital leadership in action.

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