Leadership & VISION
Mu State Leadership Growth
June 2011
Dr. Joan Lutton
Leaders must have….
• The desire to keep learning, the only way
to stay ahead
• The intelligence and charisma to make
people rally to their cause
• And the most important ingredient:
The world is changing...
A True Leader
• A true leader has the confidence to stand alone,
the courage to make tough decisions and the
compassion to listen to the needs of others.
• She does not set out to be a leader, but
becomes one by the quality of her actions and
the integrity of her intent.
• In the end, leaders are like eagles…they don’t
flock; we find them one at a time.
Asking the right questions
• How do we know the right questions?
• Who knows the answers?
• How many questions to ask?
Change doesn’t bother me, it’s
doing things differently that I
have problems with.
What is Learning?
• If it is possible to answer a question on a
tech device in under a minute, we are
asking the wrong questions.
• Technology rewards us with the time and
the means to use higher level questioning
in pursuit of learning.
• Why do some schools outlaw mobile
devices?
What's different?
We now have an easy connection between an
individual's passion to learn and the resources to
learn it.
Huge implications for us as learners and for our schools.
What does the future look like?
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What do schools look like?
How do businesses look?
What skills will be needed?
How are those skills taught?
“'What can you do?' has been replaced with 'What can
you and your network connections do?' Knowledge itself
is moving from the individual to the individual and his
contacts.”
--Jay Cross, Informal Learning
Leaders Must Have a Vision
• leadership depends on having somewhere
to go
• how to effect a vision
• why should you be the one
So...what do we mean by learning?
"Our learning institutions, for the most part, are acting as if
the world has not suddenly, irrevocably, cataclysmically,
epistemically changed-and changed precisely in the area
of learning."
--Cathy N. Davidson and David Theo Goldberg
"Future of Learning Institutions", 2009
http://bit.ly/X52mZ (.pdf)
History Lesson
In 1907 the National Association of Teachers
reported that students had become too
dependent on ink and no longer knew how to
sharpen a pencil with a knife.
Leaders with vision
• The leader must set a vision of the big
picture and know how each action fits into
that picture.
Right now, schools are:
Time and place. Filtered. Teacher-directed. Predictable.
Standardized. Push oriented. Content-based. Group
assessed. Linear. Closed. Sept-June. Local.
Vision
• A vision is an image without great detail,
the how and why is not clearly defined.
The vision provides a continuing focus.
• Visions create really powerful changes in
our world.
Education vs. Everyday
Analog vs. Digital
Tethered vs. Mobile
Isolated vs. Connected
Generic vs. Personal
Consumption vs. Creation
Closed vs. Open
David Wiley, BYU
Learning will be (already is):
Mobile. Networked. Global. Collaborative. Self-directed.
Inquiry based. On demand. Transparent. Lifelong.
Personalized. Pull. Unpredictable.
Shouldn't classrooms be?
Mobile. Networked. Global. Collaborative. Self-directed.
Inquiry based. On demand. Transparent. Lifelong.
Personalized. Pull. Unpredictable.
“If you think that the future will require better schools,
you’re wrong. The future of education calls for entirely
different learning environments.”
--Knowledge Works Foundation
Everything that can be invented
has been invented.
Charles Duell, US Patent Office, 1899
It is estimated that by 2009 e-books will
outsell the number of printed books.
(This estimate actually came true.)
Number of years it took radio to secure 50
million US listeners: 40
Number of years it took television: 13
Number of years for cable TV: 13
Number of years for the World Wide Web: 4
What’s In Store
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Blurring and Blending
Mobility Galore
Gaming
Social Networking
High-Impact Presentation/Engagement
Technologies
• Analytics, Diagnostics, and EvidenceBased Education
• A Call to Mindfulness
Why Not You?
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Read and Study
Keep up with current events
Be a people person
Make decisions based on the good of the
organization
Is The Vision Great?
• “Men believe that a society is
disintegrating when it can no longer by
pictured in familiar terms. Unhappy is a
people that has run out of words to
describe what is going on.” Thomas
Arnold
Be the Visionary
• “Our moral responsibility is not to stop the
future, but to shape it…to channel our
destiny in humane directions and to ease
the trauma of transition.” Alvin Toffler
• Go forth and multiply
Leaders must have…..
• The courage to make decisions and to
stand behind them
• The determination to follow a course of
action
• The balanced judgement to weigh
decisions even under intense pressure
• The flexibility to adapt to changing
conditions
"The model of 21st century learning described in this plan
calls for engaging and empowering learning experiences
for all learners. The model asks that we focus what and
how we teach to match what people need to know, how
they learn, where and when they will learn, and who
needs to learn. It brings state-of-the art technology into
learning to enable, motivate, and inspire all students,
regardless of background, languages, or disabilities, to
achieve. It leverages the power of technology to provide
personalized learning instead of a one-size fits-all
curriculum, pace of teaching, and instructional practices."
"But there is no doubt that five years from now, when my
children are teenagers, they will be comfortable living in
public in ways that will astound and alarm their parents. I can
already imagine how powerful the instinct to worry about
predators and compromising photos will be. But it will be our
responsibility to keep that instinct in check and to recognize
that their increasingly public existence brings more promise
than peril. We have to learn how to break with that most
elemental of parental commandments: Don't talk to strangers.
It turns out that strangers have a lot to give us that's
worthwhile, and we to them."
--Steven Johnson
"Web Privacy: In Praise of Oversharing"
Time Magazine, May 20, 2010
http://bit.ly/aBbBYL
“In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the
learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with
a world that no longer exists.”
--Eric Hoffer
“Kids learn on the Internet in a self-directed way, by
looking around for information they are interested in, or
connecting with others who can help them. This is a big
departure from how they are asked to learn in most
schools, where the teacher is the expert and there is a
fixed set of content to master.”
--Mimi Ito
MacArthur Foundation
Taking Risks
• “An adventure is only an inconvenience
rightly understood. An inconvenience is
only and adventure wrongly understood.”
C.K. Chesterton
• “Every exit is an entry to somewhere else.”
Tom Stoppard
"Young people's internet literacy does not yet match the
headline image of the intrepid pioneer, but this is not
because young people lack imagination or initiative but
rather because the institutions that manage their internet
access and use are constraining or unsupportive anxious parents, uncertain teachers, busy politicians,
profit-oriented content providers."
--Sylvia Livingstone
Author "Children and the Internet"
"But there is no doubt that five years from now, when my
children are teenagers, they will be comfortable living in
public in ways that will astound and alarm their parents. I can
already imagine how powerful the instinct to worry about
predators and compromising photos will be. But it will be our
responsibility to keep that instinct in check and to recognize
that their increasingly public existence brings more promise
than peril. We have to learn how to break with that most
elemental of parental commandments: Don't talk to strangers.
It turns out that strangers have a lot to give us that's
worthwhile, and we to them."
--Steven Johnson
"Web Privacy: In Praise of Oversharing"
Time Magazine, May 20, 2010
http://bit.ly/aBbBYL
Your Vision
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“I have a dream..”
“Ask not what your country can..”
“I saw and said etc..
“Almost anything is easier to get into than
out of.” Agnes Allen
Real Leaders
• “The age of leaders has come and gone.
You must be your own leader now. You
must contain the spirit of our time in your
own life and your own nature. You must
really explore, as you never explore
before, what human nature is like.”
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Laurens Van der Post
A Call to Mindfulness
E-Mail Serenity Prayer
Learning in a Networked World:
For our students and for ourselves
Will Richardson
PLPNetwork.com
Weblogg-ed.com
@willrich45 on Twitter
[email protected]
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