How I think about school leadership
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.
Christian, I don't know if this is what you had in mind when you tagged me for the leadership meme, but here goes...
I believe that effective school leaders can energize and motivate staff to accomplish great things. Effective leaders not only facilitate the creation and ongoing maintenance of shared organizational vision and mission statements, they also ensure that those statements are living documents that stimulate consensual action toward shared goals. The most effective leaders are those that are enthusiastic, dynamic, and have the ability to effectuate organizational change through shared trust, clear direction, and tangible outcomes.
I believe that effective school leaders are able to successfully handle complexity. Effective leaders take a systems-level view and recognize when to utilize structural, human resource, political, and/or symbolic approaches to challenges and opportunities. The most effective leaders are those that are comfortable dealing with the ambiguity, conflicting visions, and disparate ideologies that accompany the practice of K-12 schooling.
I believe that effective school leaders are data-driven. Effective leaders ensure that all members of the organization have access to good "information flow" that lets them know what is working (and what is not) in their educational practice. Effective school leaders implement the necessary technologies, professional development, and other support systems to facilitate data-driven school reform and help staff understand the importance and potency of always striving for continual improvement in all aspects of professional practice.
I believe that effective school leaders are responsive to the demands of the new millennium. Effective leaders understand the power, potential, and challenges of digital technologies, globalization, and our increasingly diverse population and are able to help their school organizations navigate the revolutionary changes necessary to survive and thrive in our new knowledge- and information-based society.
I believe that effective school leaders can reside at any level of a school organization. Although individuals in formal principal and superintendent leadership roles often have positional and role authority, some of our best leaders are those in informal leadership positions: teachers, media specialists, technology coordinators, and the like. The most effective leaders are those that believe in principles of distributed leadership and have the ability to empower and enable other individuals to do excellent work.
I believe that effective school leaders are, at all times and in all ways, oriented first and foremost toward the needs of students.
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
The controversy over whether Jesus had any siblings is reignited after an amazing new discovery of an ancient text.
Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
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