Here’s How to Apply the 7 Pillars of Digital Leadership in Relevant and Measurable Ways

How can we best harness the positive aspects of technology to improve student learning and the schools we work in?  As a first step, we need to disrupt the status quo that’s embedded in the education system by developing new ways of looking at things that transform the world. We create permanent change only by identifying and communicating what shifts need to occur as well as illustrating how effective these approaches are at improving education.

Pillar 1: Student engagement, learning, and achievement: Enhancing essential skill sets that society demands
Schools should reflect real life, allowing and encouraging students to apply what they’ve learned through the tools they use outside of school. Communication, collaboration, creativity, media literacy, global connectedness, problem solving, and critical thinking are vital to success.

Pillar 2: Professional growth and development: Leveraging tools that allow pursuit of passions
Traditional forms of professional development (PD) such as “sit and get,” one-size-fits-all, and trainings lacking accountability have proven obsolete. Digital tools now allow for professional learning to take place anytime, anywhere, and with anyone. Personal learning networks allow educators to acquire resources, access knowledge, receive feedback, and connect with others.

Pillar 3: Re-envisioning learning spaces and environments: Creating real-world spaces in which to learn and practice
Pedagogical innovation requires an innovation in the space where learning takes place. If the space doesn’t match the desired learning pedagogy, then it will hinder student learning outcomes. Research shows us that students need choice, naturalness, and appropriate levels of stimulation, among other characteristics, to maximize learning opportunities.

Pillar 4: Communication: Engaging all stakeholders in two-way communication
Static, one-way methods such as newsletters, email, and websites no longer suffice. Leaders can now give all audiences relevant information in real time through free social-media tools and simple implementation strategies.

Pillar 5: Public relations: If we don’t tell our story, someone else will
We can create our own positive public relations platforms using free social-media tools that allow us to control the content. As storyteller-in-chief, you can focus on student and staff accomplishments and the daily awesomeness of your schools.

Pillar 6: Branding: Key to the identity of your school
Coupled with communication and public relations is the idea of branding. In fact, branding is the inevitable result of a strong communications and public relations combination. Businesses have long understood the value of branding and its impact on current and potential consumer.

Pillar 7: Opportunity: If it doesn’t knock, build a door
The digital world allows us to open doors like never before. Opinions, talk, and ideas alone will not do the trick, especially those not connected to research and evidence. You’re in control of what you learn and what you know.

Information for this post was taken from an article by Eric Sheninger in eSchoolNews, follow this link for more details and the complete article.