Our educational leadership system is broken. I used to think that the majority of schools have supportive, thoughtful administrators that communicate with staff in a humane, decent way. If you were a school without that support, you were rare. Right?
Wrong. It’s a systemic problem that needs to be addressed and fixed. Like, now.
How can I make that sweeping statement today when just a few weeks ago I was a naive teacher thinking everyone was “keeping on keeping on”? I just witnessed something incredible. It goes like this:
I am attending an international educational technology conference and my focus has been school redesign. How can we transition our school systems to move from the traditional teacher-led classroom to student-centered, creating classrooms? This afternoon, one session in particular grabbed my attention. It’s focus was bridging the administrator barrier in our digital age. Since strong, effective leadership is a prescription to educational change, I thought it appropriate to catch this session which was presented by three US principals. Within minutes after starting the presentation, the audience was instructed to recite a SAMR cheer. Yep, I typed that correctly. It went something like this: Ok, give me a S (repeated S), give me a A (repeated A), etc., etc.
The rarity I thought existed only sporadically throughout our educational system managed to present itself on a very important platform. I do not think this is a mere coincidence. Something, very important, is broken.
I’m going to go get my toolbox.