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Digital Leadership

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 Leading in a way that supports the status quo, standardization, outdated practices, and misconceptions related to technology, not only does a disservice to our students, but also renders our schools and profession as irrelevant."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
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

"I can’t wait to get real copies of this in the hands of teacher leaders and colleagues. I absolutely believe that this work has the potential for tremendous impact. We have waited too long for this book, and the time is ripe to move forward with the information it has to offer. I look forward to book studies and networking with my colleagues about how they have successfully employed these ideas and strategies."

David G. Daniels, Principal
Susquehanna Valley Senior High School, Conklin, NY

"Eric has created a must-read book for principals seeking to bring their schools into the digital age. He has created the compelling case for the many ways digital tools can have a powerful, positive effect in our schools. From classroom practice to the way in which we create the digital footprint of our schools, Eric steps us through how school leaders can evolve to meet the challenges of our modern age."

Chris Lehmann, Founding Principal
Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, PA

"Eric Sheninger's new book is a red-hot relevant guide to navigating the technology-driven, tectonic shifts taking place in education today. While education leaders of all stripes are groping for answers as the ground beneath them shifts, Digital Leadership provides a reliable, practical and tested road map for leading in the digital age."

Errol St. Clair Smith, Executive Director
Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, Glendale, CA

"Eric's latest work provides relevant and practical advice for school leaders from a practicing school principal and other current principals in a variety of settings. The stories and examples hit home with school leaders in rural, urban, small, and large schools with any level of available or possible resources. Every school leader should read this book and find at least one idea to improve learning for students and relationships within the school community.

Digital leadership in school transformation is the moral imperative of education in the 21st Century. Eric provides a solid framerwork of strategies integrated with the Pillars of Digital Leadership and the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS-A) for Administrators to guide school leaders as we take on this critical change.

Digital Leadership: Changing Technology for Change-Savvy School Leaders is a must-read for every school leader. Filled with inspiring stories of transformation from real, practicing campus leaders, along with an appendix filled with resources anyone can take to campus and use today, Eric Sheninger's work is certain to be one of the most valuable tresources in your professinoal library."

Carrie Jackson, Principal
Timberview MS, Keller ISD

“Eric Sheninger’s book builds upon his impressive accomplishments as a digital leader.  I have had a chance to learn from Eric through his involvement with Digital Learning Day, and I am thrilled that others can learn even more from about leading schools to maximize the potential of digital learning and asking the tough questions to more effectively meet the needs of each student.  Eric’s bold approach to school reform and the thoughtful pillars he lays out in this book provide important guidance for other education leaders striving to implement digital learning.”

Bob Wise, President
Alliance for Excellent Education and Former Governor of West Virginia

"Sheninger's book is well-written and cites specific, timely researched data regarding our students' use of technology. It would behoove us as professional educators and life-long learners to take heed of the shift that has already happened within the walls of our schools. It is time to embrace the students for the type of education they desire and the environments that style of learning demands. Our students crave real-time learning at their fingertips and flexible, collaborative spaces for doing so."

The Essential Prinicipal Blog

"I have to admit that I was hesitant to read Digital Leadership by Eric Sheninger, as the word "fluff" is what usually comes to mind when I think of books related to educational technology. To find the most current information, it would seem more practical to search blogs, website articles, Twitter, etc. Nevertheless, this book is anything but fluff, and it certainly is up to date. Sheninger, a former high school principal who has emerged as a thought leader in this age of digital leadership, has written a book that can serve as inspiration and an effective starting point for administrators and/or teachers who have realized that they must either infuse their practice with more progressive techniques, or entirely revamp their work to provide students with more contemporary and relevant learning experiences. Sheninger's work is valuable because he writes with a tone that is confident, passionate, and convincing. After reading this book, it would be difficult for anyone to argue, 'He's completely wrong,' or 'This wouldn't work in our district.'"

Ross Cooper, Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12
Salisbury Township School District, Edutopia
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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