Who are our technology leaders? - Part 1
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.
Superintendents and principals are rarely the technology leaders in their organizations. As Director of CASTLE, I say this with both confidence and dismay.
Here are a couple of quick examples (please add your own as comments to this post!):
- Attendance by superintendents and principals at educational technology conferences is rare. Even when sessions or strands at those conferences are specifically designed for administrators, the individuals who are the formal leaders in their school organizations aren't often there (see, e.g., ISTE's annual Technology Leadership Forum at NECC, which is attended mostly by CTOs / technology coordinators).
There are other examples I could provide but I'll stop here since it's late and I need to go to bed. I will add to this, though, the ongoing commentary from the hundreds of students who have taken at least one of our School Technology Leadership courses to date that their school leaders just don't get this technology stuff.
So who are our technology leaders if they're not superintendents and/or principals? I'll cover that in Part 2...