FETC ’19: How to be a ‘tech-ready’ school leader

Panelists at the annual technology conference said administrators need to be visionary planners, empowering leaders, systems designers and more.


What does school leadership look like in the digital age? This was the question tackled by two officials from Michigan’s Macomb Intermediate School District — Dr. Jennifer Parker, an instructional technology and school data consultant, and Rhonda Provoast, a consultant and retired school leader — during an afternoon session at the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando, Florida, this week.

Parker’s work to equip school and district leaders with everything they need to know to be “tech-ready administrators” began in 2008, when she was “bumped out” of a job as a media specialist because positions were cut in her former school’s library media center. She then pioneered the 21 Things Project with fellow instructional technology specialists Melissa White, Carolyn McCarthy​ and the late Frank Miracola​ to share free ed tech resources with teachers in the same way they would have in a school’s library media center.

Beginning with 21Things4Teachers, they eventually expanded the project to cover students and administrators. And with each group, the site’s resources and accompanying lesson plans align with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards for educators, students and education leaders. Read more.