Top 5 actions for superintendents leading change for digital learning

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A little more than a year ago, Dr. Donna Peters, former superintendent of North Carolina’s Montgomery County Schools and the 2010 State Superintendent of the Year, reflected on her efforts to lead digital change in her school district:

Leading change is hard work, and leading change for online and blended learning throughout a school system is indeed a significant challenge. While we don’t like to admit it, our schools tend to be steeped in traditional methodologies and practices that prove difficult to replace with 21st Century opportunities regardless of how ineffective the old ways may be. We all know that no one likes change but babies! However, the resources available to students and staff in a blended learning environment are immense, and change must happen for our students and school systems to have a chance of success in today’s complex and open world!

She details five key focus areas:

  • Creating a sense of urgency for maximizing technology in the learning process for students and adults
  • Developing and communicating a vision for 21st Century learning and teaching throughout the school system
  • Providing needed resources for blended learning
  • Building capacity for leaders and staff
  • Walking the talk by using the tools

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