A second cohort is available and will begin May 22, 2017!
The purpose of this series is to provide ”Just in Time” training through an online interface for K-12 administrators based on the ISTE Technology Standards for Administrators (ISTE-A). These standards are the basic technology skills every administrator should possess. In the process, administrators will develop their own skills and discover what educators need in order to meet the ISTE Standards for Teachers (ISTE Standards-T) as well.
The ISTE Standards for Administrators define what administrators need to know and be able to do in order to discharge their responsibility as leaders in the effective use of technology in their schools.
The ISTE Standards•A for Administrators are:
• Visionary Leadership - Becoming a Visionary Leader: What's the future of digital learning? What trends are occurring in K-12 classrooms that you should be aware of? ?Staying abreast of the research efforts which describe emerging technologies that will potentially impact the K-12 educational community is also an important characteristic of a visionary leader. Engage and explore some top resources in your pursuit of Visionary Leadership.
• Digital Age Learning Culture - Creating a Digital Age Learning Culture: As you move through this Capstone, consider how you can promote a Digital Age Learning Culture. How can educators prepare to teach in a digital nation? What online learning trends should be front and center in professional development? What culture shifts influence how we teach and learn? What habits are emerging in our digital nation that impact teaching and learning?
• Excellence in Professional Practice - Creating Excellence in Professional Practice: In "Examining the Teaching Life", Wiggins and McTighe (2006) describe the importance of fluent and flexible transfer, the thoughtful assessment of teaching practices, and meaningful professional development. As you move through Capstone 3, you will be challenged to analyze what's working and what is not. You will be encouraged to research a program, initiative, or strategy within your organization through a variety of valid and reliable sites as well as by joining a professional learning network. In an effort to achieve Excellence in Professional Practice, instructional leaders must provide ample opportunities for growth, facilitate and promote learning at all levels, and encourage piloting of innovative technologies. Engage and explore some top resources in your pursuit of Excellence in Professional Practice.
• Systemic Improvement - Fostering Systemic Improvement: According to the Glossary of Education Reform, systemic improvement is synonymous with systemic reform and impacts multiple levels, philosophies, changes, and phases. Within every organization comes the need for change, thus impacting multiple facets of the educational landscape. In a professional learning community, the process is collaborative and comprehensive. Rarely does reform impact a single element within a system, but more a multi-faceted approach to making things better. The pursuit of systemic change within a continuous improvement process is a more accurate description.
• Digital Citizenship - Modeling Digital Citizenship: How can instructional leaders model digital citizenship? What laws and guidelines are in place to guide our theory and practice? As you review the materials for this Capstone, you will be asked to examine the 9 Themes of Digital Citizenship and supporting resources for lessons and professional development. As you review the 9 themes, consider how they look in your organization.
Participants may choose to register for one, some, or all of the five sessions, with a range of 12-60 SCECHs available for completion of coursework.
For each ISTE Standard, learners will participate in a Capstone experience that will include viewing video tutorials, reading and reflecting on academic posts, exploring technology resources through 21 Things 4 Teachers, and sharing in discussions with other participants through online forums. Capstone experiences will follow the 5 E’s model that allows learners to experience common activities, to use and build on prior knowledge and experience, to construct meaning, and to continually assess their understanding of a concept. The 5E’s are:
• Engage participants by activating prior knowledge, past experiences, or current understandings and interactive experiences
• Explore the topic
• Explain or communicate the topic
• Expand or Elaborate on the learning
• Evaluate the success of implementation
To earn credit, a Capstone project will be completed for each topic with submission of one or more digital artifacts to demonstrate leadership in application of learning. Participants will also be expected to engage with other educational leaders by reflecting, sharing and responding within course discussion forums to extend transformational thinking and learning.
Cohort 2 Course Dates:
Choose one or all five Capstone experiences related to ISTE-A Standards (some or all) between May 22 and August 18, 2017:
Capstone 1: Visionary Leadership – opens May 22
Capstone 2: Digital Age Learning Culture – opens June 19
Capstone 3: Excellence in Professional Practice – opens July 17
Capstone 4: Systemic Improvement – opens July 31
Capstone 5: Digital Citizenship – opens August 7
All Coursework will be completed using an online Learning Management System (e.g. BlackBoard, Canvas, Schoology, etc.) and will be due no later than June 1, 2017. Prior to the open date for each Capstone, registrants will receive an email from the instructor with course access code for enrollment in the LMS and information on “Getting Started” and attending or later reviewing the recorded virtual session.
Please register for each Capstone Unit you would like to take. The $25/$50 is the price of the entire course regardless of how many Capstone Units you complete.