Connect, Contribute, Collaborate: The New Leadership Skill Set


Reposted from Evolving Educators:

“To be effective as an educational leader and to stay ahead of the changes in education leaders need to connect. These connections include the obvious, other educational leaders, but also need to include teachers, educational organizations, and political leaders at the local, state and federal levels. Connections provide educational leaders a window into the experiences, successes, and challenges of others in education. As a result, the connected educator is one who is better informed and prepared for what is to come in our profession.

Our profession has heard from the “experts” in education for a long time. Those are the people making the policies and laws, developing curricula and textbooks, and creating the professional development for the classroom, principal’s office, and district offices. However, many of these experts are not practitioners. There is a need in our profession for those in the field, in the classrooms, offices and professional development departments to contribute to education.

To truly be a modern day educational leader the circle of collaboration needs to expand and expand with a purpose. Collaboration is easier now because of the use of technology but it still takes effort on the part of an educational leader. Educational leaders need to collaborate on programs, technology integration, professional development, student achievement gaps, addressing poverty in education, and every other issue that affects our profession. The solutions to what ills education or slows down our efforts to modernize an outdated educational system can no longer be done through collaboration with those who are closest to us by geographic proximity.”

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