Technology leadership – navigating the changing landscape

DA's National Technology Leadership Academy is a virtual event designed for technology leaders and their management teams that specifically focuses on the new role technology plays.
By: | August 19, 2021
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Lenny Schad is chief information and innovation officer of District Administration.

Lenny Schad is chief information and innovation officer of District Administration.

The past 17 months have forever altered the role that technology plays in the day-to-day teaching and learning styles that occur within the K-12 ecosystem. Technology leaders are grappling with how to lead and embrace this new role, but they can’t do it on their own.

District Administration offers a solution to understanding and embracing the leadership challenges. Our National Technology Leadership Academy is a virtual event designed for technology leaders and their management teams that specifically focuses on the new role technology plays. The academy offers attendees an opportunity to learn from proven experts in this field, expand their personal network and, most importantly, devote time to their own individual growth as leaders.

This academy is not a “sit and get” with the typical presentation after presentation. This academy is more like an advanced classroom.  Attendees are expected to complete homework assignments, as well as participate in class discussions and multiple breakout sessions throughout each day. The academy facilitates personal reflection as leaders and provides every attendee with actionable tasks they can begin working on individually or as a team.

The academy cohort model includes strategic leadership topics such as:

  • The Changing Role of Technology
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Building a Culture of Continued Improvement
  • Governance
  • Cybersecurity
  • Crisis Management

The technology leadership academy doesn’t just focus on strategic leadership. The academy also provides in-depth hands-on experience that allows attendees to build skills and best practices around:

  • Setting Vision, Mission, and Core Values
  • Management vs Leadership
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Expectation Management
  • Talent Management
  • Interoperability

The academy also offers two book study opportunities for attendees to continue building and expanding their growth from national best-selling authors.

Don’t miss this opportunity to expand and sharpen your leadership skills, while building your professional network.  DA’s technology leadership academy is a proven investment of your time and professional development dollars.

An attendee from the Spring 2021 cohort said the following about their experience:

“I’ve been incredibly lucky throughout my career to have had access to excellent professional learning opportunities. The District Administration Technology Academy program takes the cake though. The scope and depth of the learning allowed for immediate application in everyday work and opportunities to hear feedback and ideas from technology leaders around the country. The program was the best investment in my growth as a leader of digital strategy!”

– Ashely Cowger, Executive Director of Strategy & Integration, Indianapolis Public Schools

Dates for our fall cohort:

Session #1:

  1. October 5, 2021, 12 – 4 p.m. EST
  2. October 7, 2021, 12 – 4 p.m. EST
  3. October 12, 2021, 12 – 4 p.m. EST
  4. October 14, 2021, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST

Session #2:

  1. November 30, 2021, 12 – 4 p.m. EST
  2. December 2, 2021, 12 – 4 p.m. EST
  3. December 7, 2021, 12 – 4 p.m. EST
  4. December 9, 2021, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST

To register, or to learn more, visit the DA Leadership Institute.

Looking forward to seeing you and your team (virtually!) in October.

NOTE: DA Leadership Institute member districts, as a value add to being a member you can send one of your staff members free of charge to the academy.  For non-member districts, discounts are available when sending multiple staff members.

Lenny Schad, one of the most prominent voices in K-12 technology leadership, is District Administration’s chief information and innovation officer and technology editor-at-large.

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