The New Jersey School Boards Association, in cooperation with Dell, is offering a Summer Leadership Series, “Leading Digital Transformation in Your District.”

Local school board leaders can learn about the role leadership plays in the digital transformation of schools, including the role of leadership in the Future Ready Schools – New Jersey certification program.

Training at the Summer Leadership series is presented by Jeremiah Okal-Frink, Ph.D., education strategist with Dell, and facilitated by NJSBA’s field service representatives.

Part I took place on Monday, July 15, and focused on the vision for the district. The next session will take place on Aug. 1, followed by a session on Aug. 14. Read more about the upcoming sessions below.

Session #2, Planning: Goal Development Toward a Shared Vision

Thursday, Aug. 1, NJSBA Headquarters, Trenton, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Board Member Academy Credits: 4

The second session will focus on planning for and evaluating the critical aspects of future-ready transformation. Topics include:

  • Creating your plan
  • What is known/not known about initiatives focused on increasing access
  • Professional Learning Frameworks
  • The plan for a Digital Learning Environment
  • Leading through example: The Connected Leader
  • Involving students

Session #3, Structures: Plans and Policies for Support and Accountability

Wednesday, Aug. 14, NJSBA Headquarters, Trenton, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Board Member Academy Credits: 4

The final session will focus on the structures that support ongoing transformation within a district. These relate to scheduling, the technology itself, the support plan for teachers, how to involve students, and setting clear attainable expectations. Topics include:

  • Establishing board approved processes for vetting and implementation
  • Establishing budgetary processes that take in the whole picture
  • Creating effective communication plans
  • Ensuring a process that honors teacher and student voices
  • Data security considerations
  • Understanding the new models of teaching and learning that will be supported
  • Metrics for examining success
  • Digital workflows/systems
  • Process for the selection of aligned resources
  • Process of creating effective pilots
  • Development of policy for effective oversight and monitoring

The Summer Leadership Series programs are supported by the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey, and are offered at no cost to New Jersey school leaders.