The second two session I attended at TICAL were equally inspiring.
Session 2:Building a Productive School Community – Sandra Wozniak
This session focused on building capacity within your school and a synergy between ideas, teamwork and strategy. An additional focus was on ensuring that decisions are an intentional activity that convey organizational excellence.
For individuals, it is necessary to combine information, involvement and implementation, while aligning systems, structures and practices. Otherwise, decisions tend to be randomly made. We jump to band aid solutions, find the silver bullet or use selective hearing to make decisions.
It is critically important to involve others effectively and watch for superficial or mishandled involvement.
Wozniak outlined here 7 tenets:
- Seek clarity of the goals
- Get and use the information you need.
- Get agreement on goals.
- Fully consider solutions.
- Examine possible risks.
- Be intentional, focused and persistant. Monitor your results.
- Involve your stakeholders.
Wozniak’s premise here is critical to the decision making process. Too often, we jump to a solution or implementation or someone makes the decision themselves. This is a recipe for disaster.
Third Session: 22nd Century Leadership Skills by Frank Samuels (aka The Bearded Dog)
According to Samuels, the 21st century for educational technology has come and gone! For our students, there is no longer a blur or division between work life, home life and a personal life. For our students, they are the same thing. Our students do not have a separate Facebook for work and school!
Samuels outlined his theory of JaycoBBoxian Leadership. Its a combination of being a dreamer, while looking both forwards and backwards.
In his theory …
- Jay – for jay walking … sometimes you need to jaywalk to be successful.
- Box – we all talk about thinking outside the box. But we need to know where our own box is and what’s inside it.
- BB – for Blackberry or Smartphones – these will always be a mobile learning in our curriculum. How do we leverage that educationally?
- X – there’s always a part of the learning process that’s unknown, in that we don’t know where this or that path will take us.
Both Wozniak and Samuels offered a lot of ideas for reflection and consideration!