A focus on student learning
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Everyone in a school knows that some teachers are effective and some aren't, but in most schools there is no organized way to ensure that students who get weak or bad teachers still learn what they need to learn. That's not his fault, or the fault of any individual teachers who work hard; it is the fault of the way schools have been organized for generations.
[T]he essential issue at the heart of the controversy is whether schools should be asked to organize themselves to have student learning be at the center of all of their activities. I say they should. But the fact is that relatively few schools have done it.