A Leadership State of Mind
Join ISTE’s Leadership Forum (isteleadershipforum.
org ) October 21−23 for an opportunity to network,
glean ideas from other strong leaders, and reflect
on your own practice.
Leadership has been on my mind a lot lately. With the
increasing demands placed
on schools, the transition
of ISTE’s chief executive
officer from Don Knezek to
Brian Lewis, a U.S. presidential election on the near
horizon, and the imperative for cooperation at all
levels and in all corners of
a highly interdependent
and connected world, leadership is more critical than
ever. With ISTE’s inaugural
leadership forum rapidly
approaching, now is a good
time to reflect on our own
leadership and what we
want to see in those we
choose to follow.
a school district, this translates to a focus on student
learning with authentic assessments to give feedback
about progress. It means
creating a culture of excellence in professional practice, supported by collaboration, trust, and teamwork.
It means mobilizing the
entire community to bring
about positive learning
experiences and results for
students. Finally, it means
being resilient and having a
strong professional will.
solving. Such is their environment outside of school
and the reality of their
future careers. Similar parallels can be made for each
element of what it means to
be an effective leader in today’s schools and in today’s
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Leadership and management is L&L’s target topic
this issue. I hope you find
many useful ideas inside
that help you chart your
own leadership path. I
also invite you to join us
at ISTE’s Leadership Forum
October 21−23 for an opportunity to network, glean
ideas from other strong
leaders, and reflect on
your own practice.
Paul Wurster @Paul_ Wurster
Andra Brichacek @andramere
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None of the attributes of
this exemplary leader are
specific to technology. And
yet, how, other than making wise and effective use
of technology, can a leader
accomplish these goals?
For students to learn in
they must use technology to
create and innovate, communicate and collaborate,
conduct research, and engage in authentic problem
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tech we like
Here are a few of the L&L team’s favorite
resources from this issue.
The leader I want to be
and to follow is clear about
goals and true to core purpose and values, creates
a positive culture, builds
capacity, is persistent,
overcomes obstacles, and
executes plans with skill. In
—Leslie S. Conery is ISTE’s
deputy CEO and conference chair.
She holds a PhD in curriculum
and instruction, a master’s degree
in computer science education,
and a bachelor’s in elementary education, in addition to a certified
association executive credential.
Andra Brichacek is intrigued by this augmented
reality platform that lets you create your own AR
simulations. Read about it in “Get Real” on page 16.
Kate Conley enjoyed the EdGames site.
Learn more on page 22.
H&R Block Dollars & Sense grant:
Tamara Kidd knows that good, strong financial
knowledge leads to lifelong empowerment.
Learn more on page 26.
“Dr. Edwards! You have to see this!” came their excited reply. Knowing
that the students had cut their recess short, the superintendent sensed
that something seismic was afoot. —See page 12 to read the full article.
Diana Fingal likes this photo sharing site
mentioned on page 31.
Paul Wurster is interested in this educational
resource for music educators. Read about it in
What’s New on page 44.