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Local teacher librarian selected for Leadership Academy - The Kalona News

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Local teacher librarian selected for Leadership Academy
The Kalona News
Miranda Kral, Teacher Librarian at Mid-Prairie Community Schools, was selected to participate in a Leadership Academy held in Coralville in late June.

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Local teacher librarian selected for Leadership Academy - The Kalona News

Local teacher librarian selected for Leadership Academy - The Kalona News | Leadership in the library | Scoop.it
Local teacher librarian selected for Leadership Academy
The Kalona News
Miranda Kral, Teacher Librarian at Mid-Prairie Community Schools, was selected to participate in a Leadership Academy held in Coralville in late June.

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Educational Leadership:The Principalship:The Changing Role of the Technology Director

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April 2013 | Volume 70 | Number 7
The Principalship Pages 84-85

Power Up! / The Changing Role of the Technology Director

Doug Johnson

Like many educators in my current position—school technology directors, chief technology officers, or others who have responsibility for all things that plug in, use batteries, beep, or depend on a digital network—I never imagined this as a job when I was growing up. My high school guidance counselor in 1970 did not suggest this as a career choice because such a job did not exist then. Even when I was hired by my current school district in 1991, my title was "audiovisual director," and I replaced a fellow whose primary tasks were silk-screening school logos on record players, developing black-and-white film, stocking overhead projector lamps, and supervising the guy who fixed 16mm film projectors.

 

Although my previous experience in education was as an English teacher and librarian, my same-age peers have come to technology leadership positions through a number of pathways, with math and science teaching being the most common. As networks and large data systems became mission-critical in the late 1990s, schools began to hire technology directors with computer degrees, often with business rather than education experience.

The entire leadership team needs to thoughtfully consider the selection, placement in the organizational structure, job description, and performance expectations of this relatively new job in education. The efficacy of the technology department and its head affects every student, staff member, and parent in the district.

Evolving Challenges

The job description of the chief technology officer is certainly a moving target. In the last 20 years, technology leaders have never really had the same set of challenges, frustrations, and successes two years in a row. And these shifts will continue, according to Robert Moore of the Consortium for School Networking. His advice to K–12 information technology (IT) leaders:

 

Forget about IT as you know it today.Get ready to outsource IT.Let go of the desire to control.Embrace diversity in the IT environment.Blow the lid off storage limits.Quit saying things like, "A wired network infrastructure will always be necessary because wireless will never be fast enough for everything."1 

Outsourcing, loss of control, diversity? Anathema to many formally trained IT folks. But as school leaders who are facing budget crunches come to realize that real cost savings can be had by moving to the cloud and contracting for maintenance, these uncomfortable realities will be the new normal in schools.

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