Microsoft recognizes that school leadership matters and has a clearly articulated strategy which includes events-programs and tools to support whole school transformation.
Building leadership capacity is a component of the Transformation Framework and the partnership between EdX, leading global universities and Microsoft is an expression of our commitment.
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Saving time is important because in our frantically busy school lives, information isn’t the scarce resource, attention is!
We need as much time as we can extract to ensure we remain present, focus on relational leadership and attend to the things that matter most.
I invite you to add your leadership time hack to this comment or tag me on twitter @sparvell and I will include your ideas.
As a profession we are simply ‘better together’
HACK 1 : THE OUTDOOR OFFICE
As a head teacher, when I had the inevitable mountain of emails to respond to, cheques to sign and other cumbersome paperwork, I would place a table, chair and my Surface in any public area in the school and simply work.
I would work in the courtyard as students arrived to school.
I would work in the staffroom.
I would work in the art room.
I got the mindless work done. I was visible and accessible. I also ‘showed’ that the work of a school leader has a substantial administrative function.
Stay Tuned for no. 2
Student Ambassadors lead the way
Written by Mark Sparvell for the Microsoft Education BLOG
Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, approximately 300 secondary students from 110 schools in 22 countries pursued passion-based projects as part of the Microsoft Showcase Schools program. These exceptional Student Ambassadors were given a platform, support and a community — all amplified through the thoughtful use of technology.
“These two years of the Student Ambassador program have been the best educational experience we have had, as we have developed real world abilities such as teamwork, communication skills and problem solving skills.” – Student Ambassadors from Saint John’s School, Chile
The Student Ambassadors collaborated with one another using a Yammer community which provided a platform for connecting across time zones, language barriers and geographies. Skype calls helped to shape projects, gain insights into Microsoft solutions and to share achievements. And a Microsoft Apprentice (a previous Student Ambassador), Thao Tran, was there every step of the way, helping to mentor and guide the students.
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Find great free leadership tools http://aka.ms/leadertools
A couple of years ago I interviewed , Jayne Heath, a deputy from a large specialized school, to discuss the importance of personalized professional learning.
Find out more about whole school transformation processes here