Whether we have technology integrators in our schools or not, leaders need to understand this extraordinary panorama ourselves. This is necessary if we are to legitimize our claim that we are leading schools that will help our graduates to be college and career ready.
Who among us is prepared to lead change when feeling judged and being publically being told we are not meeting the mark?
We must start leading the change - to figure out how to come together and leverage all that we know, all that makes sense, and create the "Next-Gen Schools" our students so badly need.
We must not allow our compliance to extinguish the passion that brought us to this work. Our challenge is to carry the weight of the mandate while working with faculty to create the best implementation.
If we consider STEM to be separate from the arts and humanities, then all we are talking about is subject areas. If we are talking about subjects, we aren't changing anything.
Let's not allow the current pressures to turn us away from the passion that brought us to education and to leadership.
We help teachers and leaders learn, implement and sustain those skills over a period of time. That positively affects the quality of education in the classroom - all in spite of compliance fatigue.
As public school leaders, it is our moral obligation to make our schools safe for all children at all times no matter what is happening in the legal courts or the courts of public opinion.
If we model a shift in practice in the way we interact with questions outside of the classroom, it may become easier for our teachers to shift the types of questions they are asking of their students.
Complex issues require complex decisions about how and what we communicate.