Publication Date: May 4, 2012
This timely book shows how award-winning secondary schools and districts are successfully using technology and making systemic changes to increase student engagement, improve achievement, and re-invigorate the teaching and learning process. Through in-depth case studies, we see how experienced school and district leaders use technology in curricular, administrative, and analytical ways to meet the needs of 21st-century learners, educators, and communities. These cases reveal important details addressed by the leadership of these schools and districts that go beyond what they did with technology to include changes in school culture, curriculum and teaching, uses of assessment data, financial considerations, infrastructure, and involvement with the community.
Barbara B. Levin is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education and director of the Teachers Academy at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Lynne Schrum is Dean, College of Human Resources and Education, West Virginia University.
“This book is a precious gift for the vast majority of administrators who desperately need concrete examples of how to create, facilitate, and sustain technology-infused learning environments.”
—Scott McLeod, Founding Director, UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE)
“(The authors) offer their readers the distinct advantage of compressing into a single volume what it took me decades to learn…. I encourage you to use the ideas and practices you find here to leverage technology to create schools in which all students and adults thrive.”
—From the Foreword by Dennis Sparks, Emeritus Executive Director, National Staff Development Council (Learning Forward)
“In Leading Technology-Rich Schools, the authors present a fascinating and exciting set of case studies that provide great insight into the ways leaders can support high-level innovation in schools. Importantly, their focus is on technology that enhances learning and teaching, rather than technology as an expensive school ornament. A must-read for those who study and practice educational leadership.”
—Jeffrey S. Brooks, Associate Professor and Educational Leadership Program Coordinator, School of Education, Iowa State University, author of Black School, White School: Racism and Educational (Mis)leadership
"These rich illustrations of technology leadership in secondary schools show how a number of complex variables must come together to produce the key outcome of positioning educational technology as a support to teaching and learning. Examples of leadership practices that coordinate team members for interdependent work and invite teachers' involvement should prove to be a valuable resource to practitioners and also provide insight to policymakers for how they can create supportive conditions for such work."
—Sara Dexter, Associate Professor, Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
"Leading Technology-Rich Schools is a key advance in understanding how technology can best be integrated in today’s schools. These case studies of effective practice are sure to become required reading for those in leadership positions who are using technology for school improvement."
—Glen L. Bull, Samuel Braley Gray Professor of Education, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
“The rubber meets the road in this well-researched book with detailed stories of exemplary schools and school leaders that have leveraged technology as a key tool to make significant reforms stick. Through these vivid case studies, Levin and Schrum illuminate a dynamic and complex set of lessons learned to help all school leaders undertake transformations of their schools.”
—L. Michael Golden, CEO, Educurious