Scott McLeod has challenged bloggers again this year to participate in Leadership Day 09. While I didn't get my own post written, I did very much enjoy reading the thoughtful - and thought-provoking - posts of others today. I started to think it might be useful to save these wonderful posts in one central location, if for no one other than myself.
But, that's not how things work in this EdTech web 2.0 world. We create things knowing that we will, at least at some point, share them. Perhaps that is the one thing I would want our educational leaders to remember: today's world, educational and otherwise, can be amazingly collaborative. We have all seen the wonderful work of teachers and students collaborating with their peers all over the globe. We've heard them talk about the amazing things they've learned, and it's not just about the technology. They learn from one another. They learn that a twelve-year-old in the United States can have the same joys and sorrows as a twelve-year-old living in a far different country. They learn what it means to be human in another spot on this earth.
I would invite any administrator to sit and learn from our students. They'll tell you who they are and who they want to be. How could anyone sit and listen to them and not want to give them the tools they need to get where they're going? That includes encouraging all teachers to catch up to their tech-savvy students. You can't teach them if you can't reach them.
As I said, I spent most of the day reading and compiling these wonderful posts. I've collected them in two places, a Google spreadsheet and a list in Diigo. Enjoy!
Leadership Day 2009 Blog Posts
My Leadership Day 2009 Diigo List