Day Nine


Modeling and Promoting
Digital Citizenship & Leadership

Explore and apply a variety of digital
learning tools to enhance your
professional learning and
digital leadership skills!

Pope Benedict XVI
“To proclaim the Gospel through the new media means not only
to insert expressly religious content into 
different media platforms,
but also to witness consistently, in one’s own digital profile and in
the way one communicates 
choices, preference and judgements
that are fully consistent with the Gospel.”

Learning focus

To gain a deeper understanding of the role of educational leaders in modeling and promoting digital citizenship and leadership in an evolving digital culture

Introducing the challenge

In previous challenges we introduced some digital technologies and virtual spaces for building your digital leadership skills and professional learning networks as a connected leader. We now turn our attention to how connected leaders can cultivate a culture of digital citizenship and leadership in their Catholic school communities. The importance of developing digital literacy and citizenship skills was clearly outlined in a recent research report by the Ontario Ministry of Education:

“In a technology-driven knowledge society and globalized world,
preparing our students for success involves a focus on important
skills and attributes such as digital literacy and citizenship. …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.”
– Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Citizenship and Digital Literacy , 2014


Most boards already have policies in place to guide the appropriate and responsible use of technology and digital practices in their Catholic school communities. There are also many excellent resources for educators to help students navigate social media and the internet in a safe, ethical and caring manner.  We highlight just a few excellent resources in the “Beyond the Challenge” section. For example, the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s, “Samaritans on Digital Road” is a valuable resource for connecting digital learning and citizenship to the Ontario curriculum within the context of Catholic Social Teachings and our Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations. 

In this challenge we focus on how leaders can model and promote a culture of digital citizenship and leadership. This includes considering the perspectives and thinking of educational leaders who suggest that we need to take digital citizenship to the next level.   They provide some compelling stories and reasons why we need to empower students as both digital citizens and leaders through authentic and meaningful experiences.  



Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisor Committee

“There are many definitions of digital citizenship, but at the core of each is the idea of students being citizens who make productive, positive, and responsible contributions as members of a local, global or digital community.” 



PQP Curriculum Connections
● Modelling the importance of innovation in education
● Commitment to the promotion of Catholic School Culture

The Ontario Catholic Leadership Framework
● Setting Directions
● Developing Organization to Support Desired Practices

ISTE Standards for Administrators
● Digital Citizenship
● Digital Age Learning Culture

Doing the challenge

“The digital principal recognizes that citizenship comes with responsibilities. Through modelling and promotion, the school leader helps teachers and students understand the social, ethical and legal issues that arise from the creation of a digital culture.”
– Janette Hughes/Anne Burke, The Digital Principal.

Donna Fry and Mark Carbone are two Ontario educational leader who often talk about how “connected learning needs connected leaders.” As you view some of the suggested articles and videos below, think about how connected leaders model and enhance positive communications and build healthy relationships through their practice and use of digital technologies. How can we empower students and others to participate in digital leadership?

  • An Introduction to Digital Citizenship is part of OSAPAC’s School Leader Learning Series. (Select the link on the top of their page to view the article).
  •  In this video, Tanya Avrith shares her thinking about digital citizenship education  and how it should be more than just giving students a checklist of do’s and don’ts
  • In this article Jennifer Casa-Todd outlines why we should moving toward cultivating a culture of digital leadership in our school communities.
  • Select and reflect on a professional learning article or resource of your choice

Post and share a link, video, or idea about digital citizenship and leadership that resonates with you (using  #PQP10).

Reflect on your current practices and some of the articles and/or videos you viewed in this challenge. As a school leader and future principal, share your perspective on what you think is important in cultivating a culture of digital citizenship and leadership? What do see as a next step for learning and developing your leadership practices in this area?    


Sample Reflections from PQP Candidates 

Bright Ideas

“I have read a few of the articles on the OSAPAC website specific to the “School Leader Learning Series”.  I especially like the resources that are provided on the site and the great step by step advice offered.  “Digital citizenship isn’ t just about recognizing and dealing with online hazards. It’s about building safe spaces & communities, understanding how to manage personal information, and about being Internet savvy – using your online presence to grow & shape your world in a safe, creative way, and inspiring others to do the same.?”  This quote remind us that we need to keep up with the times, we are no longer in a moment in time where we are connected solely with those around us, but thanks to technology we are globally connected.  As so, we need to model to our students the importance of using the tools properly and manage what type of image and digital foot print we want to leave behind.  Something that was clearly stated in the article was the importance of asking the right questions to see where staff, students and parents are at in using digital tools and the importance of communicating clearly with the school community the intent of using these tools.” – C. Manco, 2016 


Beyond the challenge…



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