The role of a leader in education has changed significantly over time from one of a manager to one as an instructional leader, perhaps more so at the Pre-K through 12 levels than in postsecondary education. This is likely due to the attention given to education and the previous lack of accountability for college and career readiness of a high school graduate, and recognition within the business community that even with all of the unemployed people we have in our country, we unable to fill all of our jobs with qualified and capable candidates. The role of the instructional leader must now include the embedded use of technology.
To that end, we will be sharing a series of 21 blog posts, derived from the 21 Things for the 21st Century Administrator which aligned the 21 Responsibilities of the School Leader, from Marzano’s book “School Leadership that Works: from Research to Reform” to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) for Administrators. We will state the topic, share the background and connect to one or more appropriate apps which can help address the topic.
The 21 Things for the 21st Century Administrator include: Assessment/Evaluation, Collaboration, Content Area Tools, Differentiated Instruction, Digital Citizenship, Digital Images, Face of Building, Instructional Leadership, Interactive Learning, Online Learning, PLN, Portable Mobile Administration, Research and Reference Tools, RSS/Staying Informed, School Improvement Tools, Screencasting, Staying Organized, Video Resources, Virtual Communication Tools, Visual Learning and Basics.
Marzano’s 21 Responsibilities of the School Leader include: Affirmation, Change Agent, Contingent Rewards, Communication, Culture, Discipline, Flexibility, Focus, Ideals/Beliefs, Input, Intellectual Stimulation, Involvement in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Knowledge of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, Monitoring/Evaluating, Optimizer, Order, Outreach, Relationships, Resources, Situational Awareness, and Visibility.
Up next: Assessment/Evaluation and Affirmation!