Visionary Leadership

Technology Coaches inspire and participate in the development and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive integration of technology to promote excellence and support transformational change throughout the instructional environment.

a. Shared Vision:  Contribute to the development, communication, and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive use of technology to support a digital-age education for all students
b. Strategic Planning: Contribute to the planning, development, communication, implementation, and evaluation of technology-infused strategic plans at the district and school levels
c. Advocacy: Advocate for policies, procedures, programs, and funding strategies to support the implementation of the shared vision represented in the school and district technology plans and guidelines
d. Innovation and Change: Implement strategies for initiating and sustaining technology innovations and manage the change process in schools and classrooms

Visionary Leadership Summary:

Through my program work, I have met the Visionary Leadership standards through the following:

Shared Vision: There are many different types of leadership, but to be visionary one must look to the future and work toward our goals. In the goals, there is a clear purpose, educator support, and student participation; it drives change with direction. Elements of a shared vision and one model of integrating technology into the work is that of the 21st-century learning framework.
The Partnership for 21st Learning created a framework for educators that provides a “…unified vision for learning to ensure student success in a world where change is constant, and learning never stops.” (See post- Career And Future Ready: 21st Century Learning)

Strategic Planning: International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), has published 14 essential conditions that will help implement the effective use of technology in learning. The implementation plan is a roadmap of short and long-term goals that help pave the path to fulfill that vision. Working with the strengths of those people who have invested in the vision, supporting them through resources and time (See post- Laying the Foundation)

Advocacy:  Leaders never settle for good enough, but are forever optimistic in future, creating possibilities. Supporting a vision is best done through servant leadership which “seeks to involve others in decision making, is strongly based in ethical and caring behavior, and enhances the growth of workers while improving the caring and quality of organizational life. ( Larry Spears of the Spears Center for Servant Leadership)”

Spears has defined ten characteristics of a Servant Leader through his study of Greenleaf’s original writings. These characteristics are crucial in the development of servant-leaders, the definitions of which have been clarified by McClellan. (See post- Servant Leadership As A Coaching Model)

Innovation and Change: Managing innovation and adopting change begins with getting others on board, by sharing the purpose. Communicating change as opportunities that invite others to share in the optimism of the future is key. There are many presentation opportunities that can be used to help build community excitement and support.  (See the post- Individual Project: Conference Registration)

Fulfilling the Visionary Leadership Standards

Through my position as the Computer Science Program Specialist for OSPI, I work to implement a vision of Computer Science in WA State, which also fulfilling the Visionary Leadership Standards.

Shared Vision:

I lead the OSPI Committee for Computer Science Education Leadership, working closely with statewide computer science and STEM stakeholders. This team guides implementation of Washington’s computer science learning standards and education grants. In March of 2017, I organized the activities around creating our vision statement to communicate our purpose and goals.

The future will be digital creators, not digital consumers.
Computer science is an exciting part of our society, an essential skill in the 21st-century economy regardless of industry and critical to the future success of all students.  Whatever a student’s aspirations may be, there is a role for computer science in helping them reach their goals.  Computational Thinking teaches students how to solve problems in the area of their interests and develop skills to engage and drive decisions they will make.

Students who have met the CS standards will be set up for long-term success in life.
The computer science standards support the development of skills such as
collaboration, creativity, digital communication, and critical thinking, Students become critical consumers of information, prepared to solve problems, think analytically, and have adaptive
Skills for the changing job market in the future. The Computer Science Standards
represent an essential step in addressing long-standing opportunity gaps in education and industry.

Strategic Planning/Advocacy:

Computer Science Implementation Planning
I led the work that culminated in the adoption of the Washington State Computer Science K-12 Learning Standards in December 2016.  I have organized several focus groups that are looking at a four or five-year process that will generate transition and crosswalk documents for computer science integration at the elementary and middle school level, and high school integration into Math and Science.

http://www.k12.wa.us/ComputerScience/ImplentationPlanning.aspx

Innovation and Change:

I support the work of several innovations and changes around the adoption of computer science, including reviewing and revising the Computer Science teacher endorsement; providing support for curriculum and training in best practices; support and coordination of work in Educational Service Districts; standards training and implementation to list a few.

Posts:

Laying the Foundation

In researching what resources are available for coaches to co-planning learning activities that help learning partners improve, it was clear that we first need to build the foundation. The entire Educational Leadership publication in October 2011 was about implementing and growing the culture and leadership skills needed to make technology integration possible. The publication has resources to help technology coaches experience positive collaborations and productive relationships through co-planning learning activities.

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Career and Future Ready: 21st Century Learning

The Partnership for 21st Learning created a framework for educators that provides a “...unified vision for learning to ensure student success in a world where change is constant and learning never stops”.
There are key subjects areas that include English, reading or language arts, world languages, arts, mathematics, economics, science, geography, history, government and civics.

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Servant Leadership as a Coaching Model

In trying to figure out who I could coach, especially in my position, our instructor suggested that at look at this from the lens of Servant Leadership. I have read about Servant Leadership in the past but needed to refresh my understanding. 

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Individual Project: Conference Registration

As a project for my Digital Education Leadership course on Digital Learning Environments, students were to find a conference that they could present at, then start the application process. The conference I chose, the Fall WA-ACTE conference, is one I would present at, as part of my job. The conference, which is located at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound will be November 3-4, 2016.

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