Leading Personalized and Digital Learning provides needed guidance for principals, aspiring principals, and other school leaders at a critical time when educators are looking to put the power of technology to work for student-centered learning. The authors identify eight leadership essentials that school leaders must attend to if they are to lead an effective and sustainable transition to a new way of teaching and learning.They also offer resources and wisdom gleaned from years in the field.
The proliferation of technological tools means K-12 education can now be tailored to meet the needs and interests of individual students, empowering them to take charge of their own learning. For educators, however, transitioning to digital and personalized teaching is immensely challenging, often requiring a fundamental change in mindsets and school culture. Drawing on their extensive experience coaching school leaders across the country, the authors highlight expert principals who have successfully made the transition to customized education through the use of personal pathways, competency- and project-based learning, and other models.
Mary Ann Wolf is the director of Digital Learning Programs for the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. Elizabeth Bobst is a writer, editor, and educator focusing on ESL and international education. Nancy Mangum is the digital learning lead at The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University.