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.
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:
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.