Reflecting and Communicating on
Building capacity for being an innovative
and connected leader
Each of you should look not only to your own interests,
but also to the interests of others.
To highlight your learning throughout the 10 Day Challenge and share your next steps as a connected learner and leader
Introducing the Challenge
Congratulations! You have come to the end of Part 2 of the 10 Day Challenge. Over the course of your PQP session, we hope this journey has supported your progressional growth as a connected learner and leader. It has provided you with opportunities to share your experiences and next steps for being an innovative and reflective leader that promotes 21st competencies, culturally responsive pedagogy and technology integration.
In our final challenge, you are invited to post a blog that best captures your learning, insights and understandings in becoming a connected leader. How has your thinking and practice shifted as you look ahead to the role of a becoming a future principal? Reflection enables us to crystallize and stretch our thinking, to empathize and communicate effectively what we believe and value as educational leaders. As George Couros. points out, “reflection is a crucial part of the work that we do, and without looking back, it is almost impossible to move forward.”
PQP Curriculum Connections
● Develop processes to promote communication with the goal of distributed leadership
The Ontario Catholic Leadership Framework
● Building Relationships and Developing People
● Securing Accountability
ISTE Standards for Administrators
● Digital Age Learning Culture
Doing the challenge
“Making the shift from traditional to digital leadership demanded that I question my own assumptions, acknowledge how much I don’t know, take risks, and learn from failure. This transition from a fixed to a growth mind-set was probably the most important component of the transformation at my school.” – Eric Sheninger
Day 10 – Learning Engagement # 10
Take some time to reflect on your professional learning and growth during the 10 Day Challenge (eg., your tweets on #PQP10 & #PQP20 and your reflection sheets). Create a blog post sharing your digital leadership story throughout PQP Part 1 and 2. Describe how you might apply these learnings in our own practice at your own school. What might be the next next steps in your journey as a connected learner and leader? We encourage you to incorporate examples of your twitter posts, links, videos or pictures in your blog that best illustrate key moments in your learning journey.
Post a blog link to your class reflection sheet and send the link to your instructor and the editors of the connect2innovate website. To share your blog with the editors of this website, please go to contact menu of the website – in the comment box, add your name and link to your blog. Please ensure your permission settings in your blog make it accessible for us to connect to your blog. We will consider your blog entry as part of our shared learning experiences for digital leadership.
Sample Reflections from PQP Candidates
“Through completing Part 1 and Part 2 of the 10 Day Challenges, I became involved in my very own digital leadership journey as I spent time watching videos, reading articles, and exploring some digital platforms. Each challenge provided an important aspect of digital leadership and provided some hands-on examples to help get my leadership path on its way. There are so many tools and opportunities available at our fingertips to enhance our leadership with teaching and learning today. As a Catholic Connected Lead Learner, it is crucial for me to navigate and become familiar with such tools that can assist me in building my capacity for digital leadership. The challenges reflected many areas of the Catholic School Level Leadership Framework, and highlighted various ways technology can enhance the role of a principal. When reflecting on my learning with these challenges, I am more confident that having a growth mindset and developing some ‘moonshot thinking’ is very important for leaders who are committed to providing excellent learning opportunities for all students. As I embark on this leadership journey, I will be keep myself updated and refreshed with how teachers may use effective instructional strategies that suits the way their children are learning. Building relationships with staff and students at my schools will be the forefront as I continue to motivate and encourage staff to embark in new technological opportunities. I will also try to encourage my staff to participate in professional learning networks where they can stay connected to other teachers across our board. I have also learned that as a leader, I will be accountable to providing a safe environment for students and to ensure that teachers are spending time to teach them how to be responsible global citizens. Children need to learn how important it is to create a positive digital footprint, so part of using technology is also learning how to use if in a safe manner. Learning about and engaging in the various tools provided in these challenges has provided me with a focus on my role as an informed leader. As a next step, I will continue to use my Twitter account to be informed and learn about new developments in education. Twitter will also enable me to follow some principals and superintendents and stay connected with issues surrounding leadership. This will also give me ideas about what leaders post and the different ways they use Twitter to promote learning at their own schools. Being informed with the various ministry and board initiatives that are available is also an important way to stay informed. As a teacher, I will also continue to take the time to reflect on my own professional learning and think about ways I could continue to embrace leadership within my classroom and with other staff members. Now that I have completed the 20 challenges, I feel more connected to my beliefs and understandings of Catholic school leadership. My goal is to continue reflecting on my current role as a teacher and embrace each day, as a new day for learning, and as one step closer on my path toward becoming a Catholic school leader!” – S. F., 2017
Beyond the challenge…
- Transforming your school with Digital Communication – Eric Sheninger
- Three Reasons Educators Should Blog – Adam Schoenbart
- TeacherBlogs – Teach Ontario (Login in to Teacher Ontario: Go to Explore > Curated Resources > Teacher Blogs)
- Great Blogs and Podcasts for Educational Leaders – NAESP