It’s been a week and I’m still amped and motivated by the incredible speakers and wonderful energy from the The Lead 3.0 Symposium. My colleagues saw the flood of tweets and were interested in what this “Lead3” thing is all about… So here I am, ready to give you the low down on everything Lead3!
Lead3 is is a collaborative effort of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), Computer Using Educators, Inc. (CUE), and Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL) and is truly “for administrators, by administrators.”
3 organizations, 1 mission: Educational Leadership for the 21st century!
If that doesn’t sound amazing, here are my top 5 personal reasons why I wouldn’t miss next years’ Lead3 event:
#5 Practical ideas that I can start using NOW! One presentation was called the Leadership Slam. Every 2 minutes, a different leader got up and revealed some of their juiciest secrets and favorite resources. I loved Scratch, Tynker, Google Extensions, and Evernote. These quick tech tools are going to make my life easier. THANK YOU!
#4 Meeting energized, thoughtful people that are making a difference in education. I met many amazing visionaries focused on engaging students to work in the highest levels of thinking: creating with purpose. Following this theme, people discussed how to create systemic change. Everyone shared their knowledge. Why wouldn’t you want to be around this bunch? They have an intensity that is catching! I left that conference re-energized and so excited about the changes that are happening now in education.
#3 Develop a plan to make change happen. We may have heard these before, but it’s so important to be reminded of what works, and to demonstrate these successes with first hand accounts. We learned from real examples that have been played out in schools and districts across the country. It also reminds me to strive to do my best! One common thread was that change started from some one person… and we could be that someone! Here are some lessons I took away:
- Start small and celebrate each small success.
- Stretch teachers the same way you want to stretch students.
- Provide time for reflection and revision regularly.
- “It’s really hard to change things in education” is just an industry excuse! Change can happen, and happen fast.
- Don’t waste human hours, start the change now!
- Use technology as a tool to make it happen.
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#2 Remembering WHY we are educators. We got into this profession for a reason and it was not the long summer vacation! We care about children and we work hard to make a difference in children’s lives. Going to conferences like Lead 3.0, reminds us why we chose to work in the education field. It helps us focus on how to help students. Just like anything, being around like minded people refreshes your energy and reminds us of our passion. The entire weekend kicked off with an inspiring story by Jon Corippo. I personally loved the real life accounts of the changes Mariposa made in ONE year (!), you’d be astounded with what a district can accomplish with collaborative efforts!
#1 Understanding the challenges schools face to help develop the tools they need. I went to several presentations simply to listen and understand administrators’ needs. I learned what they were doing that worked and the challenges they face. This was monumental for me because it helps me develop the tools teachers and administrators need to make change sustainable. Understanding needs straight from the lips of our future leaders was priceless.
I’ll be there again next year, and I hope to see you there too!