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This module is part of a CNX Collection: Nature and Context of Educational Administration. This CNX Collection is a result of a Master's course in Educational Leadership, taught at Virginia Tech by Theodore Creighton (lead professor) and Brad Bizzell and Kevin Bezy, Teaching Assistants, in Spring 2010. The course focused on Leading from Below the Surface (Creighton, 2007) and the creation of "leadership practice fields". This module is one of the practice field activities.

Technology leadership practice field activity

A teacher in your school division was recently dismissed due to an inappropriate relationship with a student. It was found that the relationship began with text messages sent between the two. A new school board member has suggested that texting between teachers and students should be banned. The board has directed the superintendent to prepare a recommendation to be considered by the board.

Your superintendent has requested that you, as a group of principals, provide input to her. You will present to the superintendent knowing that you may be called upon later to present to the school board.

Your team will have one hour to prepare and 15 minutes to make your presentation. Prepare to present appropriately for your audience. Support your recommendation. Take some risks. Think broadly. Your superintendent is instructionally and organizationally innovative.

To prepare for this activity, please read Entrepreneurial Leadership for Technology: An Opposable Mind (Creighton, 2009) and other documents you find appropriate to the topic.

Standards to be demonstrated during this activity

Standard 4: An education leader promotes the success of every student collaborating with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.

  • Collect and analyze data and information pertinent to the educational environment.

Standard 5: An education leader promotes the success of every student by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.

  • Consider and evaluate the potential moral and legal consequences of decision-making.

Standard 6: An education leader promotes the success of every student by understanding, responding to, and influencing the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

  • Act to influence local, district, state and national decisions affecting student learning.
  • Assess, analyze, and anticipate emerging trends and initiatives in order to adapt leadership strategies.

Assessment rubric

For this practice field activity, you will assess yourself and an instructor will also assess your performance. You should demonstrate skill in the areas noted below. (For each bulleted item, rate yourself from 1 to 5 with 1 indicating no skill demonstrated and 5 indicating skill demonstrated in an outstanding manner .)

Teamwork

  • Supports the ideas of team members
  • Encourages team members to share
  • Contributes ideas
  • Assists in operational tasks
  • Acts to maintain direction
  • Seeks consensus

Oral Communication

  • Demonstrates effective presentation skills
  • Speaks articulately
  • Uses proper grammar
  • Tailors message to audience
  • Clearly presents thoughts in formal presentation settings

Integrative Thinking

  • Integrated elements of multiple alternatives in a fashion superior to any individual alternative.

Decision-making

  • Provided clear rationale for decisions

Reflection

Answer the following questions to reflect on this activity. Then, partner up with two other aspiring principals who were not a part of your group. Share your reflections with each other. Prepare to share some thoughts with the whole group.

  • What skills were required of you to complete this activity?
  • What was most difficult about this activity?
  • What additional resources would have been helpful in completing this activity?
  • After talking with your partners, what additional insights/perspectives do you have regarding this activity?

Questions & Answers

How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
Bharti
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
Daniel
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
Maciej
characteristics of micro business
Abigail
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Anassong
How can I make nanorobot?
Lily
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
NANO
how can I make nanorobot?
Lily
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
s.
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
Tarell
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
Virgil
is Bucky paper clear?
CYNTHIA
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
NANO
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Source:  OpenStax, Nature and context of educational administration. OpenStax CNX. Sep 17, 2010 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11214/1.3
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