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For Immediate Release:
June 25, 2018
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Chicago, IL – A new cohort of school principals is emerging across the country, according to a report released today by Blackboard and Project Tomorrow. These school leaders, “New Learning Leaders,” are rethinking instructional practices, providing a bold vision for the future of their schools, leading by example and supporting their teachers through this transition.
More than 400,000 teachers, parents of school-aged children, K-12 administrators and students across the nation shared their views on these issues as part of the Speak Up Research Initiative. The new report from Blackboard and Project Tomorrow on the findings, Trends in Digital Learning: The New Learning Leader - the emerging role of the agile school principal as digital evangelist and instructional leader, was released today at ISTE 2018.
“The New Learning Leader is ahead of the pack in terms of rethinking existing instructional practices and energizing their staff and community to be bold in visioning for the future, while at the same time reacting effectively to new challenges and reinventing educational outcomes that meet both student and community needs,” writes Dr. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow. “Understanding the activities, attitudes and aspirations of this emerging cohort of school principals helps to drive both enhanced expectations and appreciation for the critically important work of school leaders today.”
New Speak Up findings provide a unique lens for examining the current state of leadership capacity in our nation’s schools for creating a fresh approach to personalized learning and community engagement. This year’s Digital Learning Trends Report explores the characteristics of the New Learning Leader, and examines the activities and attitudes that make certain principals more effective in this dual role of instructional leader and digital evangelist. The analysis focused on two sub-cohorts of New Learning Leaders: school principals who have implemented new learning models, and principals who have prioritized supporting their teachers in the transition process to digital learning.
“The evolution of school leaders and teachers is exciting to watch and contribute to,” said Judson Aungst, Regional Vice President at Blackboard. “This new cohort of school principals, and the teachers they are leading, are making a huge difference in the individual lives of their students, as well as in the broader education community. Blackboard looks forward to continuing to partner with school leaders to implement their visions.”
Key findings from this year’s Digital Learning Trends Report:
Here’s what a few of these New Learning Leaders told Speak Up:
Since 2003, Project Tomorrow, a global education nonprofit organization, has facilitated the annual Speak Up Research Initiative. A key aspect of the research project is to track the growth in student, educator and parent interest in digital learning, as well as how the nation’s schools and districts are addressing that interest with innovative learning experiences in and out of the classroom. Project Tomorrow and Blackboard have collaborated since 2007 to create a series of annual reports that focus on the year-to-year trends in the use of digital learning tools to change the classroom-learning paradigm through an in-depth analysis of the latest Speak Up data findings.
About Project Tomorrow & Speak Up
Project Tomorrow is the nation’s leading education nonprofit group dedicated to ensuring that today’s K-12 students are well prepared to become tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and engaged citizens of the world. The Speak Up Project for Digital Learning is a national initiative of Project Tomorrow. Since 2003, the annual Speak Up project has collected and reported on the views of more than 5.4 million K-12 students, teachers, administrators and parents representing more than 30,000 schools in all 50 states. This represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder input on education, technology, schools of the future, science and math instruction, professional development and career exploration.
About Blackboard Inc.
Our mission is to partner with the global education community to enable learner and institutional success, leveraging innovative technologies and services. With an unmatched understanding of the world of the learner, the most comprehensive student-success solutions, and the greatest capacity for innovation, Blackboard is education's partner in change.