Project Tomorrow identified a cohort of principals, termed the New Learning Leaders (NLL), based on Speak Up 2017 data findings. The results were shared in a Blackboard Trends in Digital Learning report. This analysis examines the activities and attitudes that make certain principals more effective in this dual role of instructional leader and digital evangelist.
Of particular interest:
40% of District Administrators believe effective school-based leadership is key to improving student outcomes, only 11% held the same view in 2010.
55% of urban district leaders also agree with this statement
Leading from the front: “Digital Evangelist”
95% of NLLs say effective use of technology in the classroom is important for students’ future success
Two-thirds of the NLL principals say that effective digital learning is extremely important.
Principals’ implementation of new learning models
|Principals who have implemented:||Flipped Learning||Competency-based Learning||Blended Learning|
Improved student outcomes matter!
NLLs identify the following benefits of blended learning:
- Increases personalization of instruction (62%)
- Increases student engagement in learning (53%)
- Enhances the relevancy of the curriculum (48%)
- Builds stronger school to home communications (46%)
- Student academic outcomes are improved (45%)
Leading from the back: “Instructional Coach”
Educational equity matters!
58% of NLLs say educational equity is a serious challenge in their school
52% of NLLs are addressing that challenge by providing students with access to mobile devices to use at school
Modeling good use of data matters!
|Leadership tasks||% of NLLs who regularly use data for this task|
|Developing strategies for school improvement||91%|
|Provide feedback to teachers about how to improve their classroom practices||89%|
|Setting schoolwide goals and objectives||85%|
|Determining teachers’ needs for professional development||83%|
|Tracking trends over time and within certain student cohorts||78%|
|Sharing information with parents||74%|
Modeling professional learning matters!
|Professional Learning Actions Taken||Watch TED Talks by edu thought leaders||Participate in a webinar||Follow experts on Twitter||Use social networking sites to get advice||Participate in a Twitter chat||Subscribe to blogs|
|New Learning Leaders||70%||65%||49%||45%||34%||25%|
|Blended Learning Teachers||51%||42%||27%||39%||23%||23%|
Are you a “New Learning Leader”?
SOURCE: Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning, 2017 Findings, the authentic, unfiltered views of 406,779 K-12 students, parents, and educators from around the world, including 1,992 principals. Data was collected from October 2017 to January 2018. Speak Up is an annual research initiative of Project Tomorrow, a global nonprofit organization. Learn more about Speak Up and other research findings from Project Tomorrow at tomorrow.org.