Connected Leadership: Harnessing the Power of a Global Network

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Presentation given at the 2012 Simon Fraser University Education Summer Institute. Focusing on the WHY of using social media in professional learning.

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  • Share stories of my journey into connected leadership Focus on the WHY we need to connect and collaborate with othersHow to do this.Saddest part about these past 2+ days… so many people will not see this work. SHARE
  • Principal, HS teacher, parent, coachBest job in the world – play, observe, support, engage in dialogue
  • Who is telling the stories? What are the stories being told?Focus for today – connect. Relationships, stories, learning.
  • Moved from Isolated to Collaborative learning environmentChallenge each otherRelationships
  • Feb 2009, met with KyeOnline marketing strategy for my wife’s businessIntro’d Twitter and FB PageI could see the Facebook Page but Twitter?
  • I created two ways to try to get information to parents and share great things happening at our school.Big risk – putting myself out there with FB page – perk of the small district I am in – autonomy to take risksFB was an immediate hit – but heavily moderated. No major issuesTwitter notsomuch but then started to connect with educators – reading blogs, etc
  • Took the plunge and started the Wejr Board in early 2010Who is going to read this?
  • School decision to end awards ceremony, blog post, tweet by Alfie KohnStarted to learn how to respond rather than react to being challenged. Found other people interested in student motivation.Learning to respond to challenge and engage in respectful debate online helped me offline.0:10
  • Share stories that connect with peopleHuge shift in my teaching/leading– strength vs deficit thinkingDom’s teacher showed it to him – he commented.
  • Invitedto blog at Connected Principals – started to expand my network and become closer with other adminAsked to present online – presented on parent engagementMostly cross-postsConnectedprincipals.com and #cpchat – connections formed through CP have developed into friendships and people I confide in
  • DavidWees, me and a few others began using #bcedUsed a program that would create a paper each day… promote the hashtag and promote BC EducationBegan to develop a real online community in BC
  • Meeting Old Friends for the first timePrevious conference/PD experience: pick a conference based on what came in my box, got to the conference, take a few notes by myself, go homeNOW – network with passionate people, discuss conferences and workshops, go there and meet them, discuss the day on backchannels, go for lunch and continue the conversations afterwardEdCampVancouver, later Edcamp FV
  • EdTech BC Conference... Same thing. Got to hang out with a guy I had spoken to, video chatted with, blogged, tweeted, Facebook’d... But never met.
  • More than “just” a toolTransformed how I learn, transformed me as a leader and educator
  • I get to ‘see’ what is happening in schools across the globe. Ask questions and get so many views. All this is IN ADDITION to my school and district.GLOBAL connection also strengthens my local connections My network continues to grow but it is important to keep those key relationships close.
  • Dive deeper into the important question of Why – will never do the how and the what without the why
  • What does your footprint look like? Why is this important?0:18
  • Continue the conversations in your M.Ed Programs… and then include others.Connect beyond the world of education.
  • Too big to know
  • CONNECT – form relationships.Educators, parents, students… everyone.
  • Story of @garriochRead parts of blog
  • 2011 Learning and networkingwith other educators has provided me with great ideas to share and propose to staffIdentity Day
  • Just show a few seconds…
  • Breaking down SOME of the barriers based on structure, culture, class, etc. At any time I can connect with parents, professors, teachers, admin, trustees, and even authors or speakers (Daniel Pink and Alfie Kohn).. And recently Dylan Wiliam
  • Accessibility is far greater now
  • Think about your work in your M.Ed program… do you want to see it impacting change beyond this weekend and beyond your class/schools?
  • Its not social media that is changing ed – it is the people.No longer are there pockets of isolated brilliance – this can now be shared. Ripple effectSpreading of ideas… and improving on them. Colliding hunches. Sharing and exploring the WHY of education reform – parents, teachers, students.0:30
  • Connected EducatorIf we don’t out it out there how will we know if there are ways to make it better?
  • Get comfortable being uncomfortable – get comfortable being challenged
  • Lencioni – must be challenged to become betterInnovator’s DNA– Seek intellectual collisionsSome people are not so good with this – a learned skill.0:35
  • As you engage in this dialogue… you will see the transfer to different avenues of communication. Stronger more personal relationships
  • @irishscott @jdprickett @cpleister @ NAESPDeeper learning experience – we MADE time to collaborate and discuss the learning
  • Also posts on my mom, dad, kids…Connect with people in a more personal way.Andrew – see commentsOzzy – connect with others who have gone through a similar stuggle
  • Care. 0:40
  • How I was introduced to the story of Lilee.How the story has reached a community… and beyond using SM.Fundraisers, support
  • Releases song PrayPromoted through SMReaches #1 on iTunes ahead of Nickelback, Rhianna, etcChallenges Nickelback ---- Nickelback donates $50,000 to Children’s hospital
  • Sharing out story – providing ways for parents to “see” inside our school.Trust that it will be ok. Moving from culture of fear to a culture of trust. Modeling effective use of social mediaMeet people where they are.Newsletter – 10 good things – paper to blog to email, FB, Twitter
  • Share this brilliant work - engage in further dialogue around your topics of interest.0:50
  • Tweet something. Post something. RT something. DO something!
  • It is about finding quality connections rather than numbers… used hashtags to reach wider audience. Build your network over time.Can you have deeper learning via Twitter? No but the relationships built from then create more opps for these conv in different venues.But WHAT if I MESS UP/
  • Again – share your stories of your learning in the M.Ed program or at your school… create further dialogue.OR share what is happening in your classrooms. How will parent s understand that school is different if they never see in?Share the WHY.
  • Share the stories of your class/school.Let people “in”. How will parent s understand that school is deifferent if they never see in?
  • Dean Shareski always talks about the power of a little comedy in posts/tweets. Lighten up once in awhile!0:55
  • About what you believe and who you are. People trust those who put themselves out there.If you make mistakes, do not hid them but share and learn.
  • Small Efforts Can make a big difference.
  • RELATIONSHIPSSTORIESGo beyond the world of education to lead change.
  • Connected Leadership: Harnessing the Power of a Global Network

    1. Connected Leadership Harnessing the Power of a Global Learning Network Chris Wejr @ChrisWejr chriswejr.comImage: http://flic.kr/p/5ysDeC
    2. ME
    3. What is your learning story?What is your school’s learning story? Image: http://flic.kr/p/9UoXR
    4. When did yourealize you were a learner? M.Ed
    5. The connected journey begins…
    6. I thought Twitter was all about this…
    7. And this…
    8. @MrWejr
    9. Sharing. Getting challenged. Responding.http://bit.ly/stpZr3
    10. http://bit.ly/yr75bg
    11. Learning from and with leaders http://www.flickr.com/photos/georgecouros/4953153594/
    12. Creating a Community with #BCEd
    13. Meeting old friends... For the first time http://www.flickr.com/photos/buddawiggi/5987710858/
    14. Relationships…
    15. Connecting through social media becomes something we just do.Image: http://flic.kr/p/pv1HZ
    16. A Growing Network...
    17. Learning Through Social Media Why?
    18. Who is creating your digital footprint
    19. Network.
    20. The smartest person in theSmartest is the room room… is the room itself. -- David Weinberger Image: http://bit.ly/NknUOt
    21. “If you generally think of theinternet as a place to look up stuff, you are missing the best part.” Alec/George Couros http://www.flickr.com/photos/42931449@N07/6088751332/
    22. Chance favours a connected mind Steven Johnson http://youtu.be/NugRZGDbPFU
    23. #Kinderchat #EdcampKinder
    24. Stealing and building upon great ideas...
    25. Sharing Through Images
    26. Flattened hierarchieshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonrphotography/2947834458/
    27. Connecting With Leading Minds
    28. http://bit.ly/vZZeYp
    29. “There is a limit to how much wecan learn if we keep to ourselves” -- Sheryl Nussbaum-BeachImage: http://flic.kr/p/mfRD3
    30. http://bit.ly/njyW5r
    31. Challenge and Be Challenged… http://youtu.be/xwfioD-ING8
    32. Professional Connections Personal Relationships
    33. Relationships Matter
    34. ThePersonal Side
    35. http://bit.ly/M9klNv
    36. Share personal moments
    37. Bringing People TogetherDuring Times of Struggle
    38. The Story &inspiration of Lilee-Jean
    39. Creating an online SchoolCommunity
    40. http://bit.ly/tfNTar
    41. Do parents actually engage indialogue with the school through social media?
    42. If we want our students to take risks,connect, and collaborate…we need to model this. Image: http://flic.kr/p/MeF7p
    43. Superintendent Blogs
    44. Principal Blogs
    45. Teacher Blogs
    46. Parent BlogsParent Blogs
    47. Student Blogs
    48. My challenge to you:Start Connecting
    49. Do it. Jump in.Image: http://flic.kr/p/JSKm2
    50. StartHere
    51. What if I mess up? http://youtu.be/4QgalCT7_yM
    52. Stage 1: LurkerStage 2: Novice 7 DegreesStage 3: Insider ofStage 4: Colleague ConnectednessStage 5: Collaborator by Rod Lucier @thecleversheepStage 6: FriendStage 7: Confidant http://bit.ly/NvznwK
    53. Share/Connect on a Deeper Level
    54. Create a Class or School Facebook Page
    55. Find tools that work for you
    56. Connect Casually &Personally
    57. Be transparent. Be authentic.Image: http://flic.kr/p/9nHFSA
    58. It’s not about how you find the time… but how you prioritize your time.Image:http://flic.kr/p/4tNrxq
    59. Find your time.
    60. Find Your Balance
    61. Use stories to share ideas http://bit.ly/LdAO3T
    62. Harness the Power of aGlobal Personal Learning Network Become a connected learner. Become a connected leader. Share the stories.
    63. Acknowledgments: George Couros Lyn Hilt Alec Couros Brian Kuhn Chris Kennedy
    64. Connect With Me www.chriswejr.com About.me/ChrisWejr @chriswejr Facebook.com/chriswejr chriswejr@gmail.com

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