One indicator of Visionary Leadership is:
As a district Technology TOSA, I have contributed to the development of a shared vision for technology use by co-facilitating a monthly committee to write a district vision. I assisted in ensuring that teachers from all schools were represented, including a variety of grade levels and content areas. A Technology Center and building Principal representative were also included in this vision development. This work started during the 2015-16 school year and was completed fall 2016. The vision is called the White River e-Promise. In this blog post, Thoughtfulness: A Key Ingredient to Technology Integration, I reflect on one of the initial lessons I did with this committee.
Implementation and sharing of the technology vision is critical. The vision is now included in all Technology Professional Development sessions. Including it in all Technology communications is the next step. In my blogpost, What Makes Effective Leadership, I speak to the importance of communicating the plan to others.
Another way that I have contributed to a shared and implemented vision was co-faciliating the high school 1:1 Planning Committee. This work started in the spring of 2016 and the committee continues to meet. During this planning phase, I led the team toward focusing on the “why” of the initiative. To do this, we focused on activities that drew out the possibilities 1:1 access could provide, looked at what could be different for our students in preparing them for the future, and what it would take to make those a reality for our students. Below is a part of a collaborative Google slide that members wrote their thoughts on.
We also brainstormed in non-digital collaborative ways as evidenced by this slide that contains pictures of the poster papers. At the request of the committee, I gathered vision statements from other districts for them to examine. The ideas from the poster papers were also tabulated on this document. This was important to compile so that the committee members could identify common trends in their thinking and also have some vision statement models to reference.
After several one-hour meetings, the members, which included the Executive Director for Student Learning and Instructional Support, the head Principal, teachers from diversecontent areas, students, and a technology center representative, collaboratively created a draft vision statement for the 1:1 Initiative.
Based on the strong interest in equitable access for all high school students to Internet for all students, I began investigating options for hotspot checkout to take back to the Director, Technology Center staff, and 1:1 committee.