Lead with Learning, Never with Tech
Pedagogy is power. Technology has potential to accelerate or hinder learning, based on instructional practices.
Before we can lead learning at our school sites, we must first familiarize ourselves with effective pedagogical practices.
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What does effective pedagogy look like for future ready learners?
In the world of education, teachers are inundated with frameworks of learning and methods of instruction. The Site Leaders Connect framework is relatively simple. Rather than creating yet another checklist for our team to analyze as we evaluate instructional practices, Site Leaders Connect focuses on two major principles. These principles are: empowered learning, & the 4 Cs.
First, students must be empowered in the learning process. We are looking for students to be creators, rather than merely consumers, of content. George Couros' book, "The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity", serves as a solid reference for empowering learners via pedagogically sound practices. Information about the book is available by clicking the image to the left.
Second, we consider student use of the 4 Cs (Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking) as a method of empowerment.
How does the 4 Cs model empower learners?
In order to innovate the instructional environment, we lead teachers to empower students by building lessons in which students communicate, create, think critically, and collaborate. If teachers focus on empowering students, through the 4 Cs, their focus turns from the use of a tech tool itself, to ways of leveraging technology in a culture that cultivates future ready, independent life long learners.
What framework promotes solid pedagogy with a 4 Cs lens?
Where can I read more about site leaders who lead with learning?
Build your understanding of effective, powerful pedagogy that cultivates innovation and empowers learners. It is this foundation that has led to the creation of the analysis/conversation guide provided on the Collaborative Frameworks tab of this site.
What actions must I take to be a site leader that sparks innovation?
Leading the Language of the Future 1.pdf