NEW GROUP! Includes discussions from the Administrators and Professional Development groups. What will it take to move our schools into the 21st century? Please share your thoughts and leadership strategies here.

Leadership in the 21st Century

Eric Sheninger Principal at New Milford High School

I have recently begun to ponder necessary skills sets that administrators should possess in order increase student achievement through innovation. What skills do you feel leaders in the 21st Century should possess in order to meet this objective? Are administrators adequately prepared to meet this challenge? If not how do we ensure that these skills are developed?

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Principal at New Milford High School

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Great thoughts Brian!

Principal at New Milford High School

Brian: Fantastic thoughts! I

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Brian: Fantastic thoughts! I couldn't agree with you more!

Principal at Brookhaven High School

Dwight, I agree with your two

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Dwight,

I agree with your two fold model of the 21st century leader; we need to be both leader and manager. The danger in this however, is the tendency to let the mangerial take precedence over the leadership component. We must ensure that we have a healthy balance between these two facets.

The difficulties of our job, as leaders, are compounded when we struggle to foster an environment where the adults are not honest with themselves or each other. Relationships become strained and collaboration stops. We must make correcting this issue a top priority or we fail as leaders. The following quote from Parker Palmer says it best.

"When we do come together in schools, we do so with fear of being judged because we are in the business of fixing, advising, and setting each other straight. So we find ourselves in these false forms of community in which the things we need to do to generate knowledge together simply aren’t done. They are too risky in school settings where there is so much fear that we don’t tell each other the truth. Instead, we posture or play roles or withdraw into silence in order to stay safe. If we want to create viable alternatives to researchers lobbing information at us we have to come together in community to engage in difficult forms of discourse out of which shared knowledge is generated."

Continue to lead well my brother. I am hearing great things about you and your work at Gahanna. Also, congrats to your boys team on their outstanding season.

Murph

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Anyone involved in education should be:

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Above all well educated, knowledgeable, open-minded, inspirational, caring and with a vision.
A person who understands the importance of unity, collaboration, and the great value of education that brings not only results but also contributes in the creation of individuals ( stuff and students) who are confident, enthusiastic and ethical.

Anna

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