Leadership for change

Last week the ABEL program hosted the second Leadership Summit at York University.  The intent of the ABEL leadership summit was to gather system leaders together to focus their thinking about leadership for change in this day and age.  The impact of the day was impressive.  Conversations about system change were thoughtful and  explored how to best support education systems as they attempt to become move forward to effect 21st C change (for want of a better phrase).  It really makes me proud to be part of such a forward thinking group of leaders!

I was really impressed by Heidi Hayes-Jacobs’ presentation via Skype, not only was her message right on the money, but she also demonstrated very effective and engaging use of Skype as a videoconferencing/presentation technology.  (Something that is always important when we are promoting the effective use of ICT for educational purpose!)

All in all it was such a great day to connect with my virtual network, meet new leaders and plan forward for future learning and system reform advocacy and planning.  It was such a pleasure to work with such a committed group of system leaders.

Advertisements

End of a year, start of another….

The holiday season is always a time to reflect upon the past year.  The activities and accomplishments of the past year are always interesting to think about but it’s a great time to begin planning forward.  I have had a very busy fall working with educators across Ontario as they work to embed technology into their classroom practice as part of their daily practice.  Shifting from a paradigm of the technology “event” to effective learning that happens to use technology.  We have some wonderful educators in the province who are doing great things with their students every day.

The challenge is in moving our system leaders forward to ensure that we move from pockets of exemplary practice to school and system wide foci.  It’s difficult striking that balance between the data, the practice and the professional learning.  I honestly believe that we have to involve our system leaders, and classroom teachers in learning that looks like what learning should be in 2011.  Heck, we are ten years into the 21st century, what are we waiting for?

As educators we need to join the rest of the world.  Digital literacy isn’t really new, it’s literacy reflected in a variety of different media, if you are an educator in this day and age and don’t get this I’m a little worried.  21st century learning is now, not something to plan for, when do we stop referring to this like it is some rare breed of learning and just start engaging in it?  New media that we refer to isn’t so new, education is just slow to notice and embrace it.

I think this is an exciting time for learning, we have such easy access to information and such opportunity to shift learning so that students of all ages can participate and direct their learning needs.  It’s a shame that systems are so slow to change.  Yes, change is scary but it is inevitable so why not give it a shot?

The new year will bring me challenges and changes and I welcome them.  I look forward to my own learning in the coming year and can’t wait to share with all of learning colleagues.

Photo licensed under creative commons

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en