There has been so much written about leadership that I sometimes think it impossible to add anything more substantive to the discussion. The academic paddock of leadership theory has well truly been ploughed and lead to a rich harvest in many domains. However the issue of leading is a different proposition all together – there is a big difference between the two.
Leading is “doing leadership”
Professor Patrick Duignan
And leading schools in a web 2.0 world is extremely demanding. Schooling in today’s world demands a new toolkit for “doing” leading. The web 2.0 world has replaced old certainties with new ambuigities and trusted processes with diverse paradoxes.Most importantly these technologies now provide wonderful opportunities to reframe the schooling experience in some extraordinary ways which meet the possibilities of both a physical and virtual schooling experience.The opportunity to move from a learning paradigm based on a “just in case” model to a “just in time” paradigm demands innovation, diversity, clarity, flexibility, boldnesses and rigour. I express this challenge as six elements of pedagogical leadership and welcome your comments on the following questions:
how do you know you’re delivering on your school’s intent?
how do you maintain a relevant schooling experience in a web 2.0 world?
where might curiosity about emerging technologies lead in re-imagining schooling?
what current assumptions about learning, teaching and leadership might be challenged in a knowledge age?
what leadership examples can you offer which displays resilience, especially around emerging technologies?
how can leaders maintain their focus on schooling amid the everyday distractions?