Determining Leadership Styles

Professional developers can support administrators and site leaders as they develop their professional development program. First, it is a good idea to find out the administrator's leadership style and how he or she sets goals for the use of technology so you will know what next steps to take. How do you find out? Use the examples below and ask the leader which type he or she is:

Leadership Style A

  • I want my teachers to use technology with students.
  • I want students to create projects that use technology.

Leadership Style B

  • I will assign mentors who will support up to 10 teachers at least twice a year.
  • Each teacher will compile portfolios with one lesson or unit and at least two examples of work from each student.

Both styles have the right ideas. However, for A, the action plan needs more direction and specifics. For B, teachers will have to buy in.

Submitted by:Barbara Bray

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