New Lessons on Leading for Districts for #EdTech and #EdData Use
In today’s mail: the December issue of Journal of School Leadership, which features my recent article, Assumptions, Strategies, and Organization: Central Office Implementation of Computer Data Systems. It tells the stories of three different districts, comparing their successes and challenges.
Some favorite lessons from this article include:
- Constantly take in feedback, prototyping or piloting new technologies and approaches to supporting teachers in using those technologies.
- Rethink central office bureaucracy, including the creation of new job roles and titles. Silos among departments, lack of accountability for vendors, and “out of the loop” superintendents can be disastrous for technology initiatives.
- We spell out these and other pitfalls, also highlighting how one district effectively created a position for someone who could wear all the hats necessary for success. That person translated among tech, assessment, and instructional worlds. And she did so with panache.