AGENDA for 9/21/2010

8:30 Arrival
9- Housekeeping
9:10- Connected Learning Communities
10:10- Break
10:20- Making the Case for Open, Collaborative Leadership
11:30- Celebration Stories


Open Leadership Awards

New Media Literacies


Back Channel Space
What is back channel chat?

Open Leadership- How Contemporary Technologies can Transform the Way you Lead-- Discussion Prompts

- Making the Case & Collaborative Leadership (How Leaders Must Let Go to Succeed)
  • Being an open leader isn't so much about the tools (blogs, wikis, podcast etc) as it is about having a clear idea of the relationships you want to form.
  • Being an open leader isn't about total transparency and complete openness as much as making a decision about how open you want to be and having a plan.
  • Being open isn't a choice and it is hard work. It will require more rigor than being in control.
  • New culture of sharing- it is about an open mindset. Knowing what to let go of --when.
  • You never really were in control and now w/ open tools you wont be even more.
  • Open Leadership is having the confidence and humility to give up the need to be in control while inspiring commitment from others to accomplish goals.
  • Information Sharing-
    • Explaining (buy-in and inform or logic behind decisions )
    • Updating (Capturing knowledge and actions ie. inservice agendas, calendars, changes )
    • Conversing (reaching school community and addressing concerns)
    • Open Mic (Encouraging participation)
    • Crowdsourcing (Solving a prob together)
    • Platforms (open sharing of data)

  • Open Decision Making
    • centralized- pro-decisive and quick, also effective con- command and control if not trusted (need to be open about what and why)
    • democratic- several options presented and people vote - can crowdsource- much like American Idol- con - can be based on popularity and risk of having rubberstamped idea before vote.
    • consensus- everyone is involved in deciding so high buy-in
    • distributed- using teacher leaders and others to to share in decision making. Be the CEO of something. Pro- you can focus on big decisions that have to be made by you. More buy-in Con- takes time to change culture and build capacity.