Leading Personalized and Digital Learning:
A Framework for Implementing School Change
Nancy Mangum, Assistant Director of Digital Learning Programs, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University’s College of Education
Mary Ann Wolf, PhD, Director of Digital Learning Programs, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University’s College of Education
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education
On December 14, 2017 The Alliance for Excellent Education and Future Ready Schools® held a webinar as part of Future Ready Schools’® Leadership Hub, a one-stop-shop of professional learning opportunities for school leaders.
Leadership is considered second only to classroom instruction when it comes to the school-related factors that contribute most to what students learn. So, too, leadership is critical for an effective transition to digital and personalized learning. Moving to digital and personalized learning often means a significant change in how teaching and learning happens. Principals need to establish a school culture that encourages and supports teachers taking risks–a culture that eliminates the fear of making a mistake—so educators can grow and improve their own instructional strategies and designs. Supporting teachers in this manner models the opportunity for students to also take risks in creating and exploring with their own learning.
This webinar focused on Implementing School Change framework at the center of the newly released book, Leading Personalized and Digital Learning: A Framework for Implementing School Change by Mary Ann Wolf, Elizabeth Bobst, and Nancy Mangum. In the same way that learning cannot be one-size fits-all, a leader and a school’s approach to personalized and digital learning will look and rollout differently from school to school. These differences are part of the challenge and also the opportunity of talking about and implementing personalized education.
Authors Nancy Mangum and Mary Ann Wolf highlighted some specific and unique examples of schools and principals that are leaders in personalized learning to demonstrate the scope of what is possible. The webinar dove more deeply into several components in the framework, including empowering students, building a culture of trust, personalizing professional learning, and employing change management and distributed leadership.
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