At Modern Teacher, we take the words Thought Leadership seriously. We strongly believe district leaders are the champions and drivers of #Digital Convergence. Movements gain their strength and momentum from the individuals within an organization, but it’s the leaders who invite and encourage others to be a part of the journey from the beginning. This invitation unifies the organization through ownership and belonging. Digital Convergence is not a grass roots concept, but it is a grass roots effort. Without leadership playing a key role in providing continuous messaging and opportunities for staff training and growth, the transition and scaling of modern learning environments will begin to stall, resulting in ambiguity and uncertainness. Good leaders know that planning a clear course with thoughtful guidance, facilitation and direction will provide a clear path toward the destination and serve as guideposts should the organization begin to veer off track or begin to question their direction.
Start with Strategic Planning & Stakeholder Identification
Leadership begins the work of Convergence by laying the groundwork through strategic planning and stakeholder identification. Superintendents, cabinet members, and other key stakeholders must work collaboratively to set a shared vision for the transition to the digital classroom.
Once established, leadership must bring the vision to internal stakeholders and the community to gain participation and buy-in. This involves inviting staff and community members to envision classrooms differently from what they remember, as well as assuring teachers that more technology will not lead to more complexity.
By identifying key stakeholders to engage in and communicate the work of Digital Convergence, the movement grows. School principals, assistant principals, digital coaches, and teachers are introduced to Digital Convergence through the development of culture conversations and planning tools that facilitate the shift toward modern learning environments.
Eventually, all stakeholders understand the vision, share a common vocabulary around that vision, and are able to execute against that vision with a solid plan in place to secure funding for long-term technology adoption and to create adequate training and support for sustainable and effective technology adoption.
Request an excerpt of our State of the Industry Report for a case study on how one district has used this Leadership guidance to promote Digital Convergence, and explore an overview of the Digital Convergence Framework for more details on the Leadership Driver.