Data Use, Technology, and Educational Leadership

Which educational scholars do you follow?

The Teach for America network is nearly 40,000 strong. Here’s a post from the TFA blog encouraging more alumni and corps members to share their voices via social media and providing tips on how to do it. I love this emphasis on dialogue, because changing worldviews is what changes policy and practice. I’ve been added as a third author on the next edition of Sergiovanni and Starrat’s book on supervision, and we’re constantly emphasizing the value of honest, hospitable conversations among educators.

In some organizations, leaders think they need to command and control the story. It’s nice to see this one recognize that the challenges facing education are too big for one view or one “remedy” to handle. Letting go and inviting more voices frame and reframe problems is how we arrive at more innovative and insightful approaches:

It’s going to take thousands of passionate people, each showing their friends, families, and colleagues what the problem is about and how, working together, we can solve it. By amplifying our voices, we can inspire change that extends far beyond the impact any single one of us can have.

Here’s what I wonder: What should be the role of “The Academy” and scholars? Although universities (and dusty stacks of journal articles) can still serve as an important marketplace of ideas, my sense is that we’re missing out on our duty to more broadly share what we know and surmise.

Or is that I just don’t have enough friends? Maybe my sense that there aren’t many researchers and professors of education out there is just an artifact of not knowing enough people. Which educational scholars do you follow?


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