Collaborative Leadership

collaborative LeadershipDigital learning is no longer a specialty area. Increasingly, leaders across state and district agencies in a variety of roles have shifted towards the use of technology as a primary tool for teaching and learning. Organizing stakeholders for planning means determining early in the process who will have the authority and accountability to carry out the plan, who may have an interest in the outcome of the plan, and who can have influence in ensuring the plan is a success and then inviting representatives from those groups. It is critical that leaders across all areas are regularly engaged in collaborative planning discussions so that all leaders understand the district and school goals and the capacity to achieve those goals. This is especially true for academic, instructional, assessment and technology leaders. Looking across the state or district agencies, there are many leaders who are or should be involved in discussions and planning around digital learning:
  • Chief Education Officer / Superintendent
  • Chief Academic Officer or other Instructional Leaders
  • Instructional Materials Leader
  • Library Media Specialists
  • Assessment Leader
  • Digital Learning Leader
  • Chief Technology Officer or other Technology Leader (Infrastructure, E-rate)
  • Chief Financial Officer or other Business Leader
  • Special Education Leader
  • Title I/II/III Leaders
  • Career Technical Education Leaders
  • Professional Learning Leader

Key Components of Collaborative Leadership (Adapted from the NETP 2017)

  • Develop a shared vision for how technology can support learning
  • Seek input from a diverse team of stakeholders to adopt and communicate clear goals for teaching, leading, and learning that are facilitated by technology
  • Communicate with all stakeholders by using appropriate media and technology tools and establish effective feedback loops
  • Ensure that practitioners at the school and district level use and understand research

Tech Support

An important stakeholder group to include early in the planning process is the technology support team. Tech support teams interact across multiple departments and can provide valuable insight into the planning, implementation, and refinement process.

Facilitator Guide

CollaborationThe Facilitator Guide – Collaborative Leadership provides education leaders with the information and resources they need to conduct a professional learning session. Participants will:
  • Review the key components for collaborative leadership to support digital learning
  • Learn about strategic planning tools for digital learning implementation
  • Think about who the appropriate education leaders are in your state/district to coordinate the strategic planning process
  • Discuss with colleagues what teaching and learning would look like if leaders from across disciplines collaborated on aligned digital learning solutions
  • Discuss some of the key policies and practices that impact and support learning in the digital age
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other district and state leaders

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