So this summer I got asked to be part of the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) working group to write the new administrator standards.
Honestly, I figured i was invited because I had been a bit of a pain over an older set of standards but I really thought it was a great opportunity so I decided to go with it.. I am so glad that I did..
First a shout out to Carolyn Skykora and Sarah Stoeckl from ISTE who organized the group and eat, sleep and think Standards all the time.
The group was diverse in background, experience and perspective. There were only two higher education people on it, an experienced school superintendent, principals, professional development leaders, and classroom teachers. The mix of leaders was really great to represent urban and rural schools and different levels of technology adoption.
The whole group is comprised of the following educators: https://twitter.com/DrTerriC/lists/iste-working-group/members
(May I suggest if you are a twitter person, this would be a great list to subscribe to)
The process was well structured, ISTE had already done a lot of work to gather preliminary information at the conference and other visits and this combined with the group, we started to refine them into larger buckets.
Later in fall, a refined draft 1 will be available for public comment. Currently you can comment on the existing standards here. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Admin1A
So here are my thoughts on the process so far:
The refresh process – is a year long process.. so much public comment and experts – it emerges from the field. I had thought it was more crafted, but from my experience so far, it seems to be very crowd sourced.
ISTE walks the walk, I was impressed how we were using Google docs in a model style of work flow and an important part of our process.
I saw a lot of the themes I saw at the ISTE conference in San Antonio. There were lots of conversations about equity, and adequacy, and the want to better involve higher education. They also were very committed to the themes in from the Department of Education Office of Ed Tech prior to January 20th of this year.. if you are on board with those ideas – ISTE is worth paying attention to right now. (Their new CEO and CLO are both former DOE Ed Tech leaders).
This was my first foray into national standards work and I was impressed that ISTE is interested in heaving an adequate shelf life and represent key ideas and not current trends or buzz words. This is both a blessing and curse – because we were engaged in a lot of forward thinking.. not today, but 5 to 10 years from now.. what will we be talking about?
Overall. even though I feel incredibly behind for being away from Oklahoma for 3 days, I feel that my time was well spent, I made some great connections, and I am excited to see where this process goes.
The most important thing that I can say is that I hope you will weigh in the standards discussion and contribute. These standards can only represent the reality of the 20,000 members of ISTE if you make your voice heard! I will make sure to share future opportunities for public comment.
The future tool kit for review can be requested from: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYlxo3oho2ECcm1AoTeBC593WcjuBUB3bLcE3yjyls7hcBZQ/viewform
You can lead the review in Draft One in your own community.