Later on today, I will be speaking with candidates from OPC’s Principal Qualifications Program Parts 1 & 2 about my journey as a connected school leader. I always find it funny when I get asked because I don’t see the ‘connected’ part as a separate part of my role. I see it as integral to what I do.
The School Level Leadership pillars of the Ontario Leadership Framework talks about the importance of building relationship and of nurturing a collaborative culture. I find it critical to reach out to the education world beyond your building. If you don’t, think of the expertise your missing.
To the candidates, I’m sure you’ll have some questions for me. And I’ll be happy to answer them. But I also have a series of questions for you as you think about school leadership as a possible next step in your teaching career. There is really no order of importance or perceived insight to these questions. This is the result of a 30-minute ‘brain dump’. Others may choose to add questions in the comments. You may choose to reflect on them publicly there as well. I look forward to meeting with you today.
Food for thought
What will the critical skills be in the world for which we are preparing our students?
Whose world are we preparing students for?
What technology do you think people are using?
Are you technically proficient?
Are you prepared to be an agent of change?
Can technology have a positive impact on student learning? If so, how?
Can technology have a positive impact on your work? If so, how?
If you’re looking to be a lead learner, are you connecting yourself to a world of learners?
What about the Ontario Leadership Framework? What pillar(s) might connecting be able to enhance?
What tools would you expect staff to be able to use?
What tools would expect students to be able to use? What tools do they use?
What’s different about the world in which we live now in comparison to the world in which you lived when you where in school? What’s different about your classroom, both physically and pedagogically, and the one you were in as a student?