Learn how to assess your team’s readiness and make the leap to digital reality
One of my aspirational resolutions for 2015 is that we can move the conversation in most school districts from the “why” of making a digital leap to the “how.” While some school systems are already powerfully integrating technology into their pedagogy, it is time to scale up the power of digital tools to transform the learning beyond a few showcase classrooms and cutting edge teachers. It’s time for leaders—superintendents, heads of curriculum and technology—to move beyond the rhetoric of the potential of technology and focus on their role in making the change happen.
In particular, leaders need to focus on how we can use digital tools and resources—especially within constrained budgets—that create systemic learning transformation. This requires careful thought, planning, and communication to all stakeholders involved. And, if we have learned anything about successful transitions, there is not one simple or single approach that works everywhere.
Whether your district has taken the “digital leap” or is only in the early planning stages of making technology a key component of learning, your district leadership team must assess and enhance their readiness. With different roles, responsibilities and levels of experience, this type of team assessment takes work and careful thought.
Assessing of your team’s readiness requires understanding the core competencies that move a school system to the next step digitally. This will involve evaluating your team’s ability to: strengthen district leadership and communication; raise the bar with rigorous, transformative, and innovative learning and skills; transform pedagogy with compelling learning environments; support professional development and communities of practices; and create balanced assessments.