Module 2


Leaders as Equity and Citizenship Advocates  

“Faith in action is love, and love in action is service.
By transforming that faith into living acts of love,
we put ourselves in contact with God himself,
with Jesus our Lord.”
– Blessed Mother Teresa

Learning Focus 

● critically examine the meaning of digital equity within your own school context and consider leadership strategies for addressing digital equity gaps
● critically explore and evaluate digital citizenship resources for helping students develop ethical, safe and respectful  behaviours when navigating social media and the internet
understand how school leaders empower the use of technology to promote global citizenship and social justice leadership within a Catholic context

PQP Curriculum Connections
● Understand the importance of shared responsibility and partnerships
● Building trusting relationships in order to learn and engage in new practices

The Ontario Catholic Leadership Framework
Building Relationships and Developing People

ISTE Standards for Educators
  Leaders as Equity and Citizenship Advocates

Setting the Context 

Leadership advocates—It involves leaders serving as advocates for
both teachers and students
to ensure that they have what they need
to successfully prepare today’s students for tomorrow.”

Building Your Roadmap for 21st Century Learning Environments

As schools embrace new technologies, school leaders play a critical role in ensuring equitable learning environments for digital learning and fostering global citizenship practices that engage students in authentic and meaningful learning experiences. Global citizenship and social justice provide powerful opportunities for students to live their Catholic faith through advocacy and social action. This reflects our Catholic Social Teaching and positions students to understand their power as change makers and as global citizens in the 21st Century.  The Catholic Digital Learner and We Are All Teachers in Faith are two excellent resources that provide a Catholic lens for digital learning and citizenship.  Jennifer Casa-Todd’s keynote presentation at the 2017 TELL Summer Institute also provides thoughful insights about the importance of moving from digital citizenship to digital leadership roles for students as part of creating a positive digital culture. 

This module explores the role of Catholic leadership in developing equitable learning environments for digital learning and teaching. It invites you to reflect on your own practices as well your Catholic school and board focus for using technology to personalize and differentiate learning for all learners and school community members.  It also includes an opportunity to examine how leaders can foster caring communities and healthy relationships in their Catholic school communities as strong advocates for global citizenship and social justice. 

Building Capacity for Equity and Citizenship 

For PQP Part 1Select one or more of the learning engagements outlined below as a starting point for exploring Module 2- Leaders as Equity and Citizenship Advocates.

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

we have to be cognizant of a new digital divide, the disparity between
students who use
technology to create, design, build, explore, and
collaborate and those who simply use
technology to consume media passively.
On its own, access to connectivity and devices does
not guarantee access
to engaging educational experiences or a quality education.
thoughtful intervention and attention to the way technology is used for
the digital use divide could grow even as access to technology
in schools increases.” 

Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education, 2017

Screen Shot 2018-08-12 at 8.44.46 AMThe question of equity is an important focus for educational leaders today as  schools and boards increasingly embrace digital tools for learning and teaching. View this video and consider the perspectives of students, teachers and the school principal in how technology promotes equity and personalized learning.

Using #PQP10 (Part 1) or #PQP20 (Part 2) share your thoughts on why digital equity matters.

The new ISTE Standards (2018) identify two important areas of equity for educational leaders:

  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
  • Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.

Put on your equity lens and describe what these standards look like in your school or board. What plan or steps have been put into place to support the diverse digital learning needs of students and teachers in the school? What do you feel are some obstacles or are areas that need improvement?

Share and Reflect 

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

 How well do you feel your school or board is meeting these two ISTE Standards?  Outline some possible solutions for addressing any barriers or areas for improvement.
As a future school leader, what type of digital assessment tool might you use to determine where your school is with regards to these standards?


Learning Engagement # 2  

“Closely linked with being digitally literate is the necessity to help students develop
the skills of safe, responsible digital citizenship. Students need an  understanding
of human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology, and practice legal
and ethical behaviour. We need to help our students to learn how to ensure that
the ‘digital footprint’ they leave behind serves to reinforce positive relationships and
helps them to be aware of how they can make the world a better place.”
21st Century Teaching and Learning – Digital Citizenship and Digital Literacy

Take a look at ISTE’s recent video and infographic that highlights a new perspective for digital citizenship. The infographic shows how the characteristics of a good citizen parallel with a digital citizen. As you look at this infographic, consider how some of these characteristics connect to the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations and our own Catholic Social Teachings.   

What digital citizen characteristics resonate with you?  Post and share your ideas using #PQP10 or #PQP20.

There are also many excellent online resources for educators to help students navigate social media and the internet in a safe, ethical and caring manner and to enrich cross-curricular inquiries for digital citizenship. Take this opportunity to explore one or more of the suggested digital citizenship resources below. Consider how the selected resources you examined can enhance what is already a school or board focus for digital citizenship.

  • Digital Citizen Classroom Connections by OSAPAC provides K-12 resources in all subject areas to support educators in fostering digital citizenship skills as an integral part of classroom learning
  • Digital Citizenship Resources from The Association of Library Consultants and Coordinators of Ontario (TALCO)
  • Samaritans on the Digital Road from the Ottawa Catholic School Board provides digital citizenship lessons that integrate Catholic Social Teachings with the Ontario curriculum
  • Media Smarts a bilingual, Canadian website with a wide range of media and web literacy resources for teachers and parents/guardians

Share and Reflect 

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

● Identify and share any new perspective or insights you learned from the online resource(s) you explored.  Provide some specific examples and strategies that you can apply in your own instructional practices and share with other educators in your school community.
Share a school board resource or online resource that you find effective for promoting Digital Citizenship.


Learning Engagement # 3

How can we inspire kids to become so passionate about a cause or a topic that they
are moved to digital leadership? We can’t unless we engage in opportunities to
talk about it at home, teach it at school, and model this as adults.”
– Jennifer Casa-Todd

global-citizenshipA number of educational leaders suggest that we need to take digital citizenship to the next level and move towards developing students as digital leaders for social change. They share some compelling stories of how digital citizenship can become more powerful when students are empowered as leaders and agents of change in their local communities and across the globe.

Reflect on your own school/board focus for student citizenship as you select and read two of the professional learning articles below.  Think about how school leaders can broaden the conversation about digital citizenship and support learning environments that engage students in meaningful and authentic leadership experiences for community action.  

Share and Reflect 

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

● What new perspectives or insights did you learn from the articles you read? Explain why these ideas or practices resonated with you.
Share an example of how you might encourage the use of social media and technology  to enhance global citizenship and leadership  in your Catholic school community.  


Learning Engagement # 4

“… the fight for Social Justice is an important component of the education of
the whole
person. Students should not be sheltered to the injustices
occurring in the world but should rather be enlightened and encouraged
apply their knowledge in order to stimulate positive change…now
more than ever, they realize this
overwhelming need in our world, and
desire to make things better. They realize that they are the
students of today,
but the  leaders of tomorrow. They realize that change begins with them.”
Excerpts from Social Justice: Inspiring Active Citizenship in Catholic Education Report

Today’s students are immersed in a changing and challenging world. They have a deep interest and concern in many local and global issues related to social justice and citizenship such as poverty, power inequities, peace, environmental sustainability, and indigenous issues.  By working collaboratively to investigate these complex issues, students learn from and teach each other, navigate digital learning spaces and develop cognitive and social skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, leadership and empathy.

The videos below highlight how educators are developing social justice leadership through deeper learning experiences that engage students in 21st century pedagogies and technology. In each case, students are asked to reflect and act upon a global or local issue of concern to them. Students are asked to use their learning to contribute to a more ethical and just society and learn how to leverage social media and technology to communicate effectively and share their learning. Each of these projects are cross-curricular, inquiry based, action oriented and involve connections to local and global communities. Connecting students to authentic audiences empower students to question and act in order to effect positive change.

Select two or more of the videos to view or focus on a project based lesson from your own learning community. Consider how the examples chosen demonstrate the importance of  fostering global competencies such as citizenship skills in a technology-enabled learning environment.

What resonates with you from a leadership perspective as you watch some of these videos. Share your thoughts using #PQP10 or #PQP20.

Share and Reflect 

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

● Share an example or highlight a classroom or school wide event where social media and technology can enhance a social justice project or initiative from a Catholic lens and context?
● Reflect on your own experiences and identify the kinds of conditions you think provide a supportive learning environment for educators to design deeper learning experiences and classroom/school initiatives for social justice using technology.

Learning Engagement # 5

“Digital health and well being seeks to integrate technology in meaningful and balanced ways to promote the physical, social and emotional well being of individuals as well as the social values of society. ” (Adapted from Media Smarts, 2015)

The shift towards an increasing digital age
has generated much debate about the Screen Shot 2019-08-25 at 11.51.35 AM.png
benefits and concerns associated with digital technology, especially with its impact on the health and well-being of school-age children and adolescents. More than ever, educational leaders need to understand, communicate and facilitate conversations about digital and social media use and personal wellness.  While school boards have introduced digital citizenship in school programs, there is a growing need to further strengthen this link to mental health and wellness and to actively engage teachers and parents in this process. In speaking about this link, Andrik Langfield Petrides states; “It’s unlikely social media use will decrease in the near future, so we need to manage the risks and harness the potential benefits to improve the mental health of our young 

This learning engagement provides an opportunity to explore and reflect on the issue of social media and mental health/wellness from an educational leader perspective.  Take a moment to scan an infographic from Media Smart’s recent survey of Canadian families in 2018.  This information highlights key trends in regard to parental perceptions, concerns and needs and their role in monitoring and modelling digital media use with their children. What stands out for you in looking at the results of this survey?  

Take some time to critically examine a few resources and articles below that can further enhance your understanding and leadership communication skills in this important area:

Other suggested online resources for digital health and wellness;
MediaSmarts has a huge repository of resources on digital citizenship/ health and wellness for teachers and and parents and its recent surveys on Digital Well-Being of Canadian families provides interesting data, recommendations for promoting digital literacy among families.
Common Sense Media offers a variety of resources on digital health and wellness
Kill Your Phone Addiction in 2 Easy Steps 

Share and Reflect 

Questions to guide your thinking (post your response in the online reflection sheets):
● What new perspectives or insights did you learn from the articles you read? Explain why these ideas or practices resonated with you.
● What might be some opportunities for educational leaders to promote greater awareness of digital health and wellness in their schools?  (e.g. How might you engage and support staff, students and parents in this conversation?)  

Sample Reflections from PQP Candidates

Screen Shot 2018-08-12 at 10.07.42 AM“As a Catholic school leader, we must remember to provide our students with opportunities to develop and achieve all of the Catholic School Graduate Expectations. By creating conditions for student engagement in social issues within their school, each student may develop into a responsible citizen who gives witness to Catholic social teachings by promoting peace, justice and the sacredness of human life. Engaging in conversation with staff members and making the effort to collaboratively discuss the importance of learning social justice issues using cross curricular methods will help us to achieve this goal As educators, we should be taking the time to listen to the voices of our students, so that we may become aware of which social justice issues have an impact on their lives. Getting to know your students will enhance your ability to shape your lessons and provide learning opportunities that will matter to them. This will increase self-motivation for learning and can teach students to become responsible citizens. Teachers can use technology and social media tools to research community newspapers and other news about how other people are contributing to social issues and can share their understanding in different ways. I would encourage students and teachers to navigate with other learning tools such as Padlet, or helping students create a blog to promote their social issue. Teachers can then look at other areas of the curriculum where several subjects and skills can be taught as students become further engaged. The video, Take A Constructivist Approach, outlines the importance of giving students opportunities at school to make a change! Effective Leadership in schools will help bring about this change in so many positive ways!” – S. Fidalgo, 2017


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