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LITM Presentation

  1. 1. Leaders in the Making Project Summary and statement of leadership development By Erin Baulch
  2. 2. Netbooks in the Classroom <ul><li>Context of project: Introduction of netbooks in a Grade 5/6 classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Focus: To explore the statements: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Netbooks help schools engage the digital generation by nurturing individual learning experiences </li></ul><ul><li>2. Students will write more, more often and better (Bruce Dixon) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Summary of Project Findings <ul><li>Data collected from Student Surveys supports statements: </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in Student Engagement (through enjoying learning more and greater sense of own writing ability) </li></ul><ul><li>Write more, more often and better (through improved punctuation, spelling and clarity) </li></ul><ul><li>Footnote: Decrease in confidence unexpected result. Perhaps student with low literacy skills feels behind his peers in his netbook knowledge and application, thus lacks confidence in his abilities </li></ul><ul><li>On Demand Writing tests showed increase for 50% of students, slight decrease for 25% of students and no change for 25% of students between March and August </li></ul>Statement March August Trend Improve punctuation 50% 87.5%  Make spelling worse* 50% 75%  Writing clarity 75% 87.5%  Writing comparison to peers 37.5% 50%  Enjoy learning more 87.5% 100%  Confidence with netbook 100% 87.5% 
  4. 4. Leadership Skills <ul><li>Workshops, shadowing, coaching sessions, access to online learning hub and professional reading to explore </li></ul><ul><li>Developmental Learning Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Effective Schools Model </li></ul><ul><li>Developing Leadership (text) </li></ul><ul><li>Sergiovanni’s Virtues of Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>iLead Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Principled Negotiation </li></ul><ul><li>Dealing with Difficult People </li></ul><ul><li>First Things First (Covey et al.) </li></ul><ul><li>And many others! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Effective Schools Model <ul><li>Some understandings </li></ul><ul><li>Professional leadership: participation in Leadership team, Consultative Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Purposeful teaching: use of netbooks and technology to ‘switch on’ rather than ‘power down’ students (Marc Prensky) </li></ul><ul><li>High expectations: adapting teaching to needs of all learners through e5 planning with colleague </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability: increased use of data analysis for student learning (Excel) and student engagement and well-being (Student Attitude to School Survey) </li></ul><ul><li>Effective schools lead to improved student outcomes, which is our business as teachers </li></ul>
  6. 6. Developmental Learning Framework <ul><li>Some transformations in my practice </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Leadership: methodical and organised as a means of dealing with netbook/ICT issues </li></ul><ul><li>Human Leadership: increase in development of relationships through Leadership team, Consultative Committee, ICT Team Leader. Develop capacity of other staff and students through Professional Development opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Leadership: instrumental in the push of increased ICT skills for students and VELS reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Symbolic Leadership: creation and sharing of knowledge in ICT domain through Scootle, wikis, IWB </li></ul>
  7. 7. Understandings and Changes <ul><li>LITM caused me to explore DLF and my capabilities in areas I didn’t think I had strength in </li></ul><ul><li>All teachers can be leaders in some way </li></ul><ul><li>Always look out for opportunities to contribute to decision making process and leadership areas </li></ul><ul><li>More aware of broad range of opportunities for aspirant leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Being a good leader is NOT about being a good follower of instructions and agendas, but finding out what needs to be done and a way to get it done </li></ul><ul><li>Change management can be difficult to implement (especially with new technology) but can be done </li></ul><ul><li>There is a difference between ‘Urgent’ and ‘Important’ </li></ul>
  8. 8. Summary <ul><li>In essence, I used to think that leadership was a top-down approach to managing the running of a school. </li></ul><ul><li>Now I think that all teachers can lead in some way because the DLF gives all of us an opportunity to extend ourselves further. </li></ul><ul><li>In future I aim to develop leadership skills using knowledge gained from LITM, in particular the Developmental Learning Framework and to seek out leadership opportunities for myself. </li></ul>

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