My big take away from the first two chapters is Eric wants us (leaders) to know that we must adapt to a changing world, and in that, must prepare students to meet the demands of a digital world.
The early part of the bool addresses the leadership roles in a multitude of ways, but most importantly, through becoming a lead learner as well as a leader in digital technology, and inspiring change in how we educate our students, learning spaces, communication, and preparing our students for the 21st Century. This can be a challenge – but one I look forward to taking on in my new roll.
Other take aways from Ch. 1 and 2.
- Sometimes we discount the shifts occurring outside our schools and fail to embrace the new type of learner coming into our buildings, we will never develop the capacity to anticipate needed changes that will transform school culture for the better.
- Some shifts include: recognizing the importance of technology to the students who enter our building every day. Thus, leaders need to be aware of the changing educational landscape, which includes societal shifts in technology use, advances in educational technology, and a new type of learner.
- Eric argues that school leaders must champion change in their buildings, modeling a vision for ‘excellence, innovation, and creativity. Principals must embrace 21st century pedagogy, curriculum, and instruction. I’m going to work to be this person in Milford.
Eric Sheninger is the former principal of New Milford High School in New Jersey. He now is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader for the International Center for Leadership in Education