Cultivating a school culture focused on the achievement of students while anticipating change is imperative, but it’s tough to keep up with varying leadership demands when it seems like society and technology are constantly changing as well! Moving beyond the skills and tools introduced in the first edition, this revamped second edition features:
New organization emphasizing the interconnectivity of the Pillars of Digital Leadership
Innovative strategies and leadership practices that enhance school culture and drive learning improvement
Updated vignettes from digital leaders who have successfully implemented the included strategies
New online resources, informative graphics, and end of chapter guiding questions
Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this, he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership, his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement. His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures. As a result, Eric has emerged as an innovative leader, best selling author, and sought after speaker. His main focus is purposeful integration of technology to facilitate student learning, improve communications with stakeholders, enhance public relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunity, transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally. Eric has received numerous awards and acknowledgments for his work. He is a CDE Top 30 award recipient, Bammy Award winner, NASSP Digital Principal Award winner, PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient, winner of Learning Forward’s Excellence in Professional Practice Award, Google Certified Innovator, Adobe Education Leader, and ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar. Eric has published several books on school leadership, partnering with Corwin on Uncommon Learning, and the 1st and 2nd editions of Digital Leadership.
He has also contributed on education for the Huffington Post, sits on the advisory board for many innovative companies, and was named to the NSBA “20 to Watch” list in 2010 for technology leadership. TIME Magazine also identified Eric as having one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds in 2014. He now presents and speaks nationally to assist other school leaders to embrace and effectively utilize technology. His blog, A Principal’s Reflections, was selected as Best School Administrator Blog in 2013 and 2011 by Edublogs. It was also recognized with an Editor’s Choice Content Award in 2014 by Smartbrief Education.Eric began his career in education as a Science Teacher at Watchung Hills Regional High School where he taught a variety of subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Marine Biology, Ecology) and coached several sports (ice hockey, football, lacrosse). He then transitioned into the field of educational administration as an Athletic Director/Supervisor of Physical Education & Health and Vice Principal in the New Milford School District. During his administrative career, he has served as District Affirmative Action Officer and was the president of the New Milford Administrator’s Association. During his tenure as high school principal he successfully implemented numerous initiatives including a new teacher evaluation system (McREL), Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), oversaw Common Core implementation, and initiated a new grading philosophy. Eric received his M.Ed. in Educational Administration from East Stroudsburg University, B.S. in Biology from Salisbury University, and his B.S. in Marine/Environmental Science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorA Day in the Life of a Digital LeaderChapter 1: How the Learning Landscape Has Changed The Fourth Industrial Revolution Technology and Society A New Learner Summary Guiding QuestionsChapter 2: A Compelling Case for Change A School Leader’s New Path Forward Excuses Hold Us Back You Get What You Model Embrace Innovation Bold Ideas for a Bold New World Grow Into a Digital Leader Summary Guiding QuestionsChapter 3: Leading Sustainable Change The Journey of a Practitioner Unearthing the Secrets of Change The Process of Change Overcoming Potential Roadblocks to Change Moving Large Change Efforts Forward Summary Guiding QuestionsChapter 4: Leading Through a Digital Lens A Superintendent’s Journey Be in the Driver’s Seat The Pillars of Digital Leadership ISTE Standards for Educational Leaders Future Ready Schools Summary Guiding QuestionsChapter 5: Improving Student Engagement, Learning, and Outcomes School Should Reflect Real Life How Research Should Guide the Work Improving Pedagogy with a Learner-Focused Mindset and Framework Moving from Teaching to Empowered Learning A Pedagogical Foundation for Digital Tools Rigorous and Relevant Learning as the Standard Digital Learning in Action A Focus on Critical Competencies Digital Citizenship and Responsibility Summary Guiding QuestionsChapter 6: Transforming Learning Spaces and Environments Clark Hall––A Creative Learning Environment Designing Schools to Engage and Drive Learning Makerspaces Devices for All (1:1) Improving Access With BYOD Blended Learning Versus Blended Instruction Individualized and Personalized Learning Summary Guiding QuestionsChapter 7: Professional Growth and Learning A Shift in Professional Learning The Rise of Social Media as a Tool for Growth in Professional Practice Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) Connectedness as the Standard The Professional Growth Period Why Every Leader Needs a PLN Summary Guiding QuestionsChapter 8: Communication No Better Time Than Now Trailblazers Modeling the Way Engage Stakeholders Using a Multifaceted Approach Summary Guiding QuestionsChapter 9: Public Relations A District Forges a New Path Tell Your Story We Need More Stories of Success Summary Guiding QuestionsChapter 10: Branding A Move to BrandED Thinking Two Conversations Around BrandED Thinking Why a BrandED Mindset Matters The Right Hashtag Summary Guiding QuestionsChapter 11: Discovering Opportunity Strategic Partnerships Academies Leveraging Social Media The Interconnectedness of the Pillars of Digital Leadership Summary Guiding QuestionsChapter 12: Leading for Efficacy A Shining Example: Wells Elementary School A Push for Efficacy Summary Guiding QuestionsOnline ResourcesReferencesIndex