Basics for Admin

Basics for Administrators: Leading 21st century Skills Icon
Day 12 of #AprilBlogAday asks, "What's your passion project?"  The last few months, I've been working on a project for current and aspiring administrators under the tagline that 21st century students deserve 21st century leaders. This project grew out of my learning experiences in my current admin program that felt incomplete in addressing 21st century leaders and learners. With that in mind, I signed up for the CUE Innovative Educator Certificate program to help address my learning gap.  And my Basics for Admin passion project was born.

School Administrators are in a unique position to have a positive influence on ALL the students and teachers at their school and/or district. I truly believe that their digital leadership matters. Looking around my own district and with my local aspiring admin peer group, I saw a gap. I spend a lot of time supporting teachers but not administrators. There's very little support PD offered specifically for administrators. With so many things shifting in education, this ongoing project is an initial attempt to address this gap. Currently it focuses more on technical skills because that is our immediate need. It is still very much a work in progress. I'm still figuring out some coding issues and creating content to help promote anytime/anywhere learning and I want to ensure that the "why" behind using different technology is evident. I'm not sure any passion project is every complete but, I expect to have the introductory modules built out by the end of the school year.

With foundational skills in place through leveraging these online resources and providing tech coaching to principals, my hope is that my own district administrators will be more confident in their skills and be better positioned to lead by example in this area.