So here is what is happening in California. I just spent the last three days in San Fransisco at the Leadership 3.0 Conference. I was a little perplexed at first by the title, especially since I am not sure that I have moved beyond Beta in my leadership. It turns out however that 3.0 refers to the work of the 3 organizations which came together to put on this conference: ASCA, CUE and TICAL. This was the first annual conference and I have to say from concept to execution it was very impressive! All three organizations and the steering committee deserve kudos!
The one refrain which I hear over and over again from teachers and tech coordinators at conferences and on the web is “if only my administrator was web savvy or interested in/ supported technology and web 2.0. “ .Imagine now if you will a dream come true . Gathered in San Fransisco for this very first conference were 200 administrators and superintendents who wanted to know more. They wanted to know how to help their teachers integrate technology. They wanted to know what tools they should learn about. They wanted to develop a vision for 21stcentury learning. They wanted time to play with web 2.0 tools. This was an amazing group of visionaries and life long learners. Something is right here in California!
This was a conference just for
administrators and it was amazing! In talking with Mike
Lawrence, he shared that part of the concept behind this
conference was that while some administrators attend CUE they do not
engage in the same way as the teachers. Therefore they wanted to
create a safe environment that would engage administrators , allow
them to network, to discuss 21st century learning and to
explore web 2.0 from the perspective of their needs and their work.
That is exactly what happened! It was incredible to be part of this
The keynote was given by Sir Ken Robinson, author of Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative . Following is a loose quote from his talk which highlights the heart of his message:
“Human talent is deep, diverse, and extraordinarily rich....Education should expose and develop that .... We assume that talent is identified and nurtured by education...However, countless people go through the whole of their education without discovering/ connecting with their true elemental talents and ability. That is because education was designed to do something else...”
Culturally there is an underlying view of intelligence that is also wrong.
People say don't take art you aren't going to be an artist but they would never say that about Math- .....”
challenge- Refit our schools....
for my part, I had the privilege of giving two presentations and as I
said there were many visionary leaders present but I was also struck
by their openness, hunger and interest in everything I could share
from tools like Google reader and Skype to the foundational
information that builds vision like NETS, The World is Flat, Daniel
Pink, PEW and connections to a host of great You tube videos and
The next Leadership 3.0 conferences is already planned, for April 2009. It will be in San Diego California....so spread the word...a visionary conference for administrators which supports and celebrates our journey into the future as we seek to educate students for their future.