CoSN's Empowered Superintendents initiative works to assess superintendents' challenges and increase their capacities to lead technology efforts. As part of our work, we partnered with several other education organizations to host a four-day Digital Leadership Institute for North Carolina superintendents. Lynn Moody, Superintendent of the Rowan-Salisbury School System in North Carolina, shared these thoughts and photos with us after the event.
It’s rare when superintendents get think time with their colleges about deep transformation. It is difficult to lead transformation, specifically in the digital world where we are still learning ourselves and often feel vulnerable. As superintendents, we want to change the cultures of school districts to allow them to think differently, and we know we need to implement concrete plans and strategies for building human capacity for this work. But we need protected places, experts, and time to collaborate. Technology is still relatively new in our world, and it changes every day. This can be overwhelming for educational leaders.
I greatly appreciate the North Carolina School Superintendents Association, North Carolina Science Mathematics and Technology Education Center, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, and CoSN for partnering together to offer a four-day Digital Leadership Institute for NC Superintendents. These powerful organizations combined their expertise and resources to give us a unique opportunity. We had four great days of meaningful dialogue. We talked with experts. We collaborated and commiserated. And we were provided time to work with our key leaders around the rubric in the Digital Learning Plan.