Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Google Certified Trainer!

So it is official -- I'm now a Google Certified Trainer. I'm super excited about this opportunity and look forward to helping people learn how to use Gsuite Education Apps to enhance teaching and learning. The last time I was truly this stoked about my own professional development was when I become an Apple Distinguished Educator. This was a serious milestone for me and caps off a year long odyssey. I first decided to get my Level 1 Certification as a leader, because CDS was requiring all teachers to do it. Then I moved on to Level 2 this school year. I was so happy with my success in the Level 2 exam, I decided to jump right in for the Trainer Level. It has been a year of some serious highs and lows, but this is certainly one of the highs. And now I'd like to encourage others to challenge themselves. Have you been putting off taking the exams? Have you been sitting on the fence about it? Are you doubting your abilities? Don't! Don't hold yourself back. If I can achieve this, anybody can do it. Get out there and do it!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

ISTE Standards for Coaches Standard 1: Visionary Leadership

The last chat session on Twitter with #isedcoach was on the ISTE Standards for Coaches; specifically it was about Standard 1: Visionary Leadership. After reflecting on the chat for a few days, I wanted to revisit the topic of visionary leadership.

  • What is visionary leadership?
  • How does one become a visionary leader? 
After re-reading all the tweets, I have come to the conclusion that visionary leadership is a very large task and to aspire to be a visionary leader is no small aspiration to reach toward. It requires constant work with networking and reading. This standard alone is enough to be a full-time endeavor for a normal person and it is only the first of six standards. It seems overwhelming, but that is what makes the perfect challenge for each of us. With the rapid rate of change currently existing in the world, staying a visionary leader is difficult. No one can do it alone. So the actual requirement to continue to remain visionary is collaboration. Coaches must work with others; we must network and read and challenge each other to be better, work harder, and continue to be visionary leaders. If you are a department of one (like me) you will need to use networking with people outside of your institution in order to grow. It cannot happen in isolation and it cannot happen in a comfort zone. It requires collaboration and discomfort. The discomfort of knowing that to fall behind is not an option in this job. I take my job as a coach very seriously even though I have a playful personality. Visionary leadership is a difficult standard, but with help from other coaches, I think I can manage it.