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"Crazy Learning" at Leadership 3.0By Michael Simkins
"My brain is on overload with ideas for professional development! Why, what, and how are so important. So many new apps and web sites! Crazy learning!"
Who are those people and what are they talking about? Those are the reactions, posted to Padlet, of four educational leaders as they drove home together after attending the seventh annual Leadership 3.0 Symposium. Their reactions are typical of those who attend the event. In fact, when asked to "grade" their experience, the average attendee gave the Symposium an "A!"
The Leadership 3.0 Symposium is a three-day professional learning event designed especially for educational administrators that targets the intersection of leadership, technology, and innovation. This year's Symposium was held April 10 - 12 in San Mateo and was attended by 275 school leaders—the largest crowd to date! The Symposium is produced collaboratively by Santa Cruz County Office of Education's Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL), the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), and CUE, Inc.
Two keynote speakers provided inspiration for this year's attendees. At Friday's luncheon, Dr. Kecia Ray, Executive Director of Learning Technology for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and current president of the International Society for Technology in Education, shared how her district reinvented itself by moving to citywide planning and bringing in outside partners such as the Nashville Tech Council and representatives from the business community. On Saturday, author Sylvia Martinez spoke on what every administrator needs to know about the Maker Movement—the global revolution that celebrates creativity, ingenuity, problem-solving, and lifelong learning using modern tools and technology.
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education was instrumental in launching the Symposium in 2008. At the time, ACSA—the statewide professional association for school administrators—did not have a professional development program with a technology focus. CUE specialized in advancing achievement through educational technology but few of its members were administrators. TICAL was the catalyst that brought the two organizations to the table to design a professional learning event that capitalized on the complementary strengths of all three—ACSA, CUE and TICAL.
The three partners have been co-producers of the Symposium ever since. In fact, that's one of the reasons for the "3" in the name, Leadership 3.0 Symposium—three organizations with one goal: educational leadership for the 21st century. "3.0" alludes to how software programs are numbered and was chosen to represent a whole new "version" of professional learning. It also reflects the three foundational components of the Symposium: leadership, technology and innovation.
Learn more about the Symposium on the web at lead3.org!