Module 1


Visionary Leadership in a Digital Age  

Proverbs 18:15
“An intelligent mind acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”

Learning Focus 

● recognize how shifting trends in technology, innovation and globalization are impacting on education and school leadership
understand how leaders support the development of global competencies embedded in school/board visions and strategic plans for 21st century learning
know how to use various social media and digital technologies to enhance the professional learning cycle for educators collaborating on school learning goals
● explore and apply various social media and digital tools to support leadership practices for communication and collaboration

PQP Curriculum Connections
● Develop strategies to build, communicate and implement a shared vision
● Develop practices to create and enhance professional relationships

The Ontario Catholic Leadership Framework
● Setting Directions

ISTE Standards for Educators
●  Leaders as Visionary Planners

Setting the Context 

Screen Shot 2018-08-11 at 11.10.33 AMAs an inspiring Catholic school leader, what do you think it means to be a visionary leader in today’s digital age? How do leaders create a shared vision and strategic plan for transforming teaching and learning with technology in their Catholic school communities? 

This module provides an opportunity to critically reflect on these questions and others as you explore various ideas, perspectives and technologies for creating a shared vision for 21st century learning. The first two learning engagements encourage you to think about what we need to be doing differently in order to help students thrive in a rapidly changing world.  This includes taking a deeper look at the Ministry’s framework for  global competencies (e.g. critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, etc.) and how these skills are a focus in your own leadership practices as well as your school/board vision and strategic plan. The last two learning engagements include opportunities to explore various social media and digital tools to enhance your communication and facilitation skills as a connected and visionary leader.  

Building Capacity for Visionary Leadership 

For PQP Part 1Select one or more of the learning engagements outlined below as a starting point for exploring Module 1Visionary Leadership in a Digital Age. 

For PQP Part 2 Select one or more learning engagements (different from the ones you selected in Part 1) and highlight them in your Leadership Portfolio Assignment.

PQP candidates reflect and share their learning through
Twitter #PQP10 (Part 1), #PQP20 (Part 2). Click on this link to create a twitter account
● Their 
online reflection sheets (the link to your online reflection sheet is available in your TeachOntario folder). 

Learning Engagement # 1

“Leaders anticipate the future. They stand at the edge of the known world,
patrolling the border between “now”and “next” to spot trends.
They help others see the future, too, guiding people through the
unexpected and inspiring them to long for a better reality.”
– Duarte & Sanchez, 2016

The world in which our students live is significantly different from that of previous generations. As Donna Fry points out, “we no longer live in the industrial, print based society that many of us grew up in…technology has increasingly become pervasive and connected to everything we do.”  

Screen Shot 2018-08-11 at 9.02.39 AMThe kinds of skills that students will need for a rapidly changing digital world are highlighted in a recent report by the World Economic Forum. Take a moment to view their video, The Fourth Industrial Revolution.  What resonates with you as you watch the video? What other skills would you add to this list?

Share your thoughts using #PQP10 (Part 1) or #PQP20 (Part 2).

As you view the video and read article below, consider the perspectives of Tony Wagner and Donna Fry as they provoke our thinking about about why we need to prepare our students for a rapidly changing digital world.

Share and Reflect 

Questions to guide your thinking (post your response in the online reflection sheets):

 Tony Wagner leaves us with a question at the end of his video “What must we do differently to prepare our kids for the innovation era?” How would you respond to his question?
What kind of visionary leadership do you think is needed in today’s digital world?  

Learning Engagement # 2  

“there is emerging evidence on how to optimize learning, including
the use of technological innovations to deepen and transform learning.”
-21st Century Competencies – Ontario Ministry of Education, 2016  

21st-century-competenciesAcross Canada and internationally, education systems are focusing on changes that ensure students develop the broad  competencies or transferable skills needed for success now and  in the future. The Ontario Ministry of Education’s document, 21st Century Competencies, highlights the importance of using technology to drive deep learning environments for developing global competencies such as critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity and global citizenship. Deeper learning is described as “a person’s ability to effectively take what he or she has learned in one situation and apply it to a new situation.” 

Take a moment to view the following videos that share different perspective about what deeper learning means in a digital age. 

 – Deeper Learning Environments at the OCSB
–  Perspectives on Deeper

Use #PQP10 (Part 1) or #PQP20 (Part2) to share your perspective on what deep learning means in today’s digital world. 

Take a look at The Ministry of Education’s framework of global competencies. Think about how technology can deepen and transform learning for students developing and applying these global competencies in real-world situations.

 Share and Reflect 

Questions to guide your thinking (post your response in the online reflection sheets):

 Describe how one or more of these global competencies are currently being developed in your practice. What do you see as a next step for using technology to deepen learning?
How are global competencies reflected in your school/board vision and and strategic plans for student learning  plan? What kinds of strategies are being used to develop these skills with technology?


Learning Engagement # 3 

“Professional learning is about building capacity for people, individually
and collectively to learn from the world around them and to apply
this learning to new situations so that they can continue on 
a path
toward their goals in an ever-changing context.”
Louise Stroll, 2007

Screen Shot 2018-08-11 at 8.06.10 PMCollaborative professional learning is a critical part of working successfully through the change process. The Professional Learning Cycle is a model that school teams use to collaboratively work through a school initiative or focus in their school learning plan. It enables educators to share instructional and assessment strategies,  build knowledge about effective pedagogical practices and technologies to improve student learning.

The Professional Learning Cycle includes four steps (Plan,
Act, Observe and Reflect) through which facilitation and leadership play a key role in building capacity for developing a school’s strategic plan and learning goals.

How would you use technology to facilitate the Professional Learning Cycle?

As a starting point create and share a form (Google/Microsoft or other survey digital tool) that will help gather feedback, collect data or artefacts related to a classroom or school project/initiative. Think about how you would apply this digital tool in one of the steps of the Professional Learning Cycle. (if you are unfamiliar with Google or Microsoft forms, select this link to video and text resources for support).

Identify and describe how another digital tool available in your school/board virtual learning environment that can be used to support the Professional Learning Cycle.  

Share and Reflect 

Questions to guide your thinking (post your response in the online reflection sheets):

● How can digital tools (e.g. Google or Microsoft Forms) inform your practice as an educator and enhance your leadership capacity to facilitate professional learning?
● How does the use of digital tools support leadership actions connected to the Ontario Catholic Leadership Framework?

Learning Engagement # 4

Screen Shot 2018-08-11 at 8.14.21 PMThis learning engagement provides an opportunity to explore social media and digital tools of interest to you. What kind of digital tools can further enhance your leadership skills for collaboration and communication? You might want to collaborate with a colleague in your PQP program in using one of these digital tool for co-presenting and co-learning together.

  • Video and Digital Tools for Presenting information: Youtube, Screencastify, Powerpoint, Google Slides, Prezi, etc.
  • Collaboration and Networking tools: Docs, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.
  • Video Conferencing: Skype, FaceTime, Google Meet (Hangouts), etc.
  • Tools for Collecting Information: Google/Microsoft forms, Survey Monkey, etc.
  • Curation Tools: Blogs, websites, Twitter moments, etc.
  • Other digital tools of interest to you 

Share and Reflect 

Questions to guide your thinking (post your response in the online reflection sheets):

● What do you think are the unique benefits and features of this digital tool for enhancing your leadership skills?
How might you leverage the digital tool you explored to collaborate and co-learn with others?  Include an example or artifact of how you utilized this tool successfully.


Sample Reflections from PQP Candidates

“After watching the video The Fourth Industrial Revolution,  it really made me think of the moonshot video we watched earlier. It’s a lot about laying the foundation for questions that need answers. It’s about a new way of thinking and moving forward while we don’t have all the answers yetBright Ideas.  As a Catholic school leader and future principal I see this video helping me understand that I need to support teachers and students and bring the best out in each other and helping them understand that we are in an eternal search for solutions rather than checking things off of the curriculum guide. It is helping students understand that they need to think big and be critical thinkers and think globally with some solutions.  It’s helping everyone see that they need to see the goal and then create the roadmap to reach that goal because some the things they need may not exist yet. The 21st Century Competency that resonates with me most is Global Citizenship. My nature as a social studies major has made it an important tenet of my teaching style to engage with my students and those around me that we are part of a community and it is important that we engage locally and globally with the mindset that we are each human and need to show and give dignity to each other because we all feel.  This is the “treat others as we would want to be treated” paradigm which is the foundation of our faith in addition to how we should be approaching all issues that affect us and each other. In reference to building relationships, we must continue to promote the concept of inclusiveness throughout the system. All people have things to contribute to the system and rather than acknowledging the gaps we have, we should be more focused on our strengths. One concrete method that a principal can make is to ensure that he or she connects his school to community partners in addition to recognizing issues that can further connect the students to the world”.  – J. Sherwood, 2017


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