Great thoughts on the role of the principal in leading technology and innovation.
I have been re-reading George Couros’ book The Innovator’s Mindset with my colleagues this week, and I love the parts where highlights a truth I first learned when studying innovative school culture for my dissertation: Principals (school leaders) are the key drivers of technology acceptance, implementation, integration, and innovation in any building. In my experience and observation, if the principal or building leader is a connected, brave, and innovative explorer of 21st century learning, so goes the staff, regardless (for the most part) whether there are great integration specialists or top quality infrastructure or devices. As Couros alludes to in several areas, the mindset and the sense of priority that comes with it is contagious and inspiring.
When principals sit by and hope that tech leaders or rock-star teachers lead the charge, what they often communicate is: I find this important for YOU, but I can’t be bothered. It doesn’t…
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