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Leadership Presentation

  1. 1. Technology Trends & Leadership Building Momentum EARCOS November, 2008 Jon P. Zurfluh
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Introduction/Overview – 5 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>ODQ & Discussion – 15 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Focus Group Discussion – 10 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Affinity Work – 20 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection – 15 minutes </li></ul>
  3. 3. The World is different… • Work is different ... • Tools are different ... • Communication is different ... • Information is different ... • Kids are different ... • Learning is different … And Leading Is Different!
  4. 4. Traditional  Incorporating  New Environments ( New Strategies) Teacher-centered instruction Learner-centered environments Single sense stimulation Multisensory stimulation Single path progression Multipath progression Single media Multimedia Isolated work Collaborative work Information delivery Information exchange Passive learning Active/exploratory/inquiry-based learning Factual/literal thinking Critical thinking, informed decision-making Reactive response Proactive/planned action Isolated, artificial context Authentic, real world context Establishing New Learning Environments
  5. 5. Integrating Technology to Create Different Schools .. • Hardware ... • Infrastructure ... • Content ... • Technical Support ... • Professional Staff ... • Leadership …
  6. 6. What is your “hedgehog?”
  7. 7. Pros/Cons of the Hedgehog… <ul><li>Education has to be about passion and this aspect of the hedgehog is consistent in all domains. </li></ul><ul><li>Best in the world is common phrasing for mission statements, but ultimately this is not about competition, but about identifying your core “business” </li></ul><ul><li>Economic engine is about profit and does not easily fit into education, thus, it may be better termed as “reward” in a more general sense. What empowers us? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Technology Accelerators <ul><li>Good to great schools…. </li></ul><ul><li>… think differently about technology and technological change </li></ul><ul><li>… avoid fads and bandwagons, but become pioneers in carefully selected technologies </li></ul><ul><li>… use technology to accelerate momentum, not create it </li></ul><ul><li>… respond to technological change with thoughtfulness and creativity, driven by a compulsion to achieve results. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Transformation Leadership Organizational Description Questionnaire Bernard M. Bass and Bruce J. Avolio, 1992
  10. 10. First, <ul><li>…the questionnaire… </li></ul><ul><li>ODQ – Organizational Description Questionnaire </li></ul><ul><li>www.mindgarden.com </li></ul>
  11. 11. Scoring <ul><li>In both cases, </li></ul><ul><li>add for “T” </li></ul><ul><li>subtract “F” </li></ul><ul><li>Transactional Culture Score – Odd Items </li></ul><ul><li>Transformational Culture Score – Even Items </li></ul>
  12. 12. Where is your organization? +14 -14 +14 -14 -6 +6 -6 +6 Transactional Transactional Transformational 0 Predominantly Bureaucratic or Internally Competitive Pedestrian Garbage Can Moderately Bureaucratic or Internally Competitive Coasting Loosely Guided 0 High Contrast Moderately Four I’s Predominantly Four I’s Transformational
  13. 13. Where is your organization? +14 -14 +14 -14 -6 +6 -6 +6 Transactional Transactional Transformational 0 Predominantly Bureaucratic or Internally Competitive Pedestrian Garbage Can Moderately Bureaucratic or Internally Competitive Coasting Loosely Guided 0 High Contrast Moderately Four I’s Predominantly Four I’s Transformational
  14. 14. The Four I’s
  15. 15. Bottom Line <ul><li>Transactional Items (odd) “should” be false </li></ul><ul><li>Transformational items (even) “should” be true </li></ul><ul><li>Soooo…. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify items that you think need to be changed? Just pick one! Two or three strategies. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Key Questions… <ul><li>What assumptions about the organization need to be considered and changed? </li></ul><ul><li>What values need to be strengthened? </li></ul><ul><li>What new values need to be introduced? </li></ul><ul><li>How will the change be institutionalized and measured? </li></ul><ul><li>What events need to take place? </li></ul><ul><li>What previous events need to be “honored?” </li></ul><ul><li>How will internal and external factors have an impact on your strategy for organizational and cultural change? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Transformational Strategy <ul><li>Assumptions: </li></ul><ul><li>Technology integration is best applied in a transformational approach where there is mutual support and high degrees of collaboration. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is not about the hardware. It’s about instructional practices and intentional change in how we teach and learn. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Affinity Process <ul><li>Note: </li></ul><ul><li>Example </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on Process, not product </li></ul><ul><li>We will not do all the steps ourselves, but we will discuss the efficacy at each step. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Step One: Round Robin
  20. 20. Ground Rules <ul><li>Groups of 4 </li></ul><ul><li>You will speak to one question during the Round Robin portion. Each of you will have one shot – uninterrupted – at this question. </li></ul><ul><li>When each of you has had 1 minute (or less) to say what you want about the first question, we'll move on to our next strategy. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Facilitator’s Role <ul><li>As facilitator, I am going to stay neutral. </li></ul><ul><li>I may ask questions that will stimulate the discussion and bring out concerns or views that need to be considered. </li></ul><ul><li>Please know I am not trying to put you on the spot. My questions are just trying to get as much information from you as I can. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Any Questions?
  23. 23. Let’s Begin Choose someone to go first? <ul><li>Assume that you are convinced that change is needed and teaching with technology and emphasizing 21st Century skills is a better way to engage students with the content and provide a deeper learning experience than traditional methods- </li></ul><ul><li>What barriers or constraints are keeping this from happening in your school or in your classroom? </li></ul>
  24. 24. Step Two: Brainstorming
  25. 25. Affinity Process, cont’d <ul><li>Now that we have discussed the challenges that have or could possibly prevent us from achieving the goal, let’s start to brainstorm some possible solutions to over coming these challenges. </li></ul><ul><li>Think in terms of: </li></ul><ul><li>“ What’s working now?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ What actions can be put into place?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ What can we put on our “Not to do” list? </li></ul><ul><li>“ What can individuals do?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ What other innovative ideas can you suggest?” </li></ul>
  26. 26. Affinity Process, cont’d <ul><li>Using the Post Its </li></ul><ul><ul><li>put one idea per sticky for potential solutions to the problems we have discussed, or innovations/ideas you have that could help you utilize technology in your instruction. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>5 minutes </li></ul>
  27. 28. Step Three: Grouping/Sorting
  28. 29. Affinity Process, cont’d <ul><li>Stop writing </li></ul><ul><li>Get into pairs </li></ul><ul><li>Look at your combined Post It notes </li></ul><ul><li>Categorize the ideas into chunks under 5-6 overarching topics. </li></ul><ul><li>As the categories emerge, call them out </li></ul><ul><li>You have 10 minutes </li></ul>
  29. 30. Affinity Process, cont’d <ul><li>Look around the room at the charts that are created. If you do not see a heading you have created while organizing your ideas please call it out. </li></ul><ul><li>Put your Post It notes under the right topic heading. Some will have the same categories– this is intended. </li></ul><ul><li>The work you have done is amazing! Your ideas are incredible! We have 2-3 minutes to get your Post Its organized on the big charts. </li></ul>
  30. 31. Step Four: Recommendations
  31. 32. <ul><li>Get into groups of 4-6 (mix up?). </li></ul><ul><li>Take one chart per table. (Group chooses based on passion for the topic) </li></ul><ul><li>As a group look at the ideas represented on the chart and craft a bulleted plan or individual recommendations for implementing 21 st Century change in your classroom/schools. </li></ul><ul><li>About 20-25 minutes. </li></ul>Affinity Process, cont’d
  32. 33. <ul><li>Optional – prioritization process – dots on charts </li></ul><ul><li>But, not necessarily – the next steps depend on general urgency and a variety of other factors </li></ul>Affinity Process, cont’d
  33. 34. Why is this transformational? <ul><li>Look back at the ODQ </li></ul><ul><li>Which items does this process value? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. - #26 - “We share the common goal of working towards the organization’s success.” </li></ul></ul>
  34. 35. Why is this Technology (New Learning) Oriented? Teacher-centered instruction Learner-centered environments Single sense stimulation Multisensory stimulation Single path progression Multipath progression Single media Multimedia Isolated work Collaborative work Information delivery Information exchange Passive learning Active/exploratory/inquiry-based learning Factual/literal thinking Critical thinking, informed decision-making Reactive response Proactive/planned action Isolated, artificial context Authentic, real world context
  35. 36. Professional Learning Communities <ul><li>&quot;Principals [leaders] must live with paradox: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They must have a sense of urgency about improving their schools, balanced by the patience to sustain them for the long haul. (Passionate) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They must focus on the future, but remain grounded in today. (Purposeful) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They must see the big picture, while maintaining a close focus on details. (Disciplined) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They must be strong leaders who give away power to others. (Transformational) &quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Richard DuFour, &quot;Help Wanted: Principals who can Lead Professional Learning Communities.&quot; NASSP Bulletin (1999). </li></ul>

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