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Leading 21st Century Schools

Leading 21st Century Schools
Harnessing Technology for Engagement and Achievement

Second Edition

Foreword by Mark Edwards

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June 2015 | 232 pages | Corwin

Master The Latest Educational Technology To Teach 21st Century Skills.

The pace of technological change picks up speed with each passing day. Educators must place the proper emphasis on technology leadership—using proven methods—if they are to prepare students to thrive in the classroom and beyond.

When first published in 2009, this book empowered administrators and teachers to plan and execute effective strategies for enhancing student engagement and achievement through technology.

This second edition features 80% brand-new material addressing the latest technological developments, combined with the authors’ tested methods for applying them in schools. Features include:

  • Aligning technology to the ISLLC Standards, ISTE Standards, and Common Core State Standards
  • Comprehensive guides to the newest technologies and trends that school leaders need to know
  • A companion website featuring a massive volume of resources for additional progress

With this book close at hand, school leaders will confidently guide students into the exciting digital future.

About the Authors
Part One. Leading 21st Century Schools: A Brave New World for Administrators, Teachers, and Students
Chapter 1. Leading 21st Century Schools: What Strategic School Leaders Need to Know

Leadership and Systemic Change

Our Vision for 21st Century Schools

What Is Your Vision?

What Drives Change?

Changing Standards


Activities to Consider . . .

Chapter 2. 21st Century Students and Teachers: Ensuring Their Success

Who Are Our Students?

What Do Our Students Need to Know?

What About Our Teachers?

How to Lead and Keep the Millenial Generation


Activities to Consider . . .

Chapter 3. Tools for School Leaders: Enhancing Communication and Building Partnerships

Communication Tools for School Leaders

Communicating and Collaborating With the School Board

Harnessing Support in the Local and Global Community


Activities to Consider . . .

Chapter 4. Ensuring Success: Legal, Safety, Ethical, and Curricular Considerations for School Leaders

Education Is Key

Acceptable/Responsible Use Policies


Evaluating Websites

Creating a Digital Citizenship Curriculum


Activities to Consider . . .

Part Two. Important Considerations for 21st Century Teaching and Learning
Chapter 5. Issues to Decide: One-to-One, BYOD, Smartphones, and More

First Step: Developing a Shared Vision

More Decisions and Implementation

Sustaining the Infrastructure

Other Trends in Technology


Activities to Consider . . .

Chapter 6. Web 2.0, Apps, Social Media, and Other Tools

New Tools and How They Work

Web 2.0: What's All the Excitement?

Free and Ubiquitous Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching and Learning


Activities to Consider . . .

Chapter 7. Content-Focused Curriculum Tools

Shifting to Digital Curriculum Resources


Common Core State Standards

Content-Specific Uses of Digital Technology


Activities to Consider . . .

Chapter 8. Important Considerations for 21st Century Leaders: Hard Questions and Promising Answers

Dream an Educational Environment for All Learners

Trends in Education

Preparing for and Managing Constant Change

Time Shifting: Online and Flipped Learning

Blending Formal and Informal Education

Other Trends to Watch

Addressing the Digital Divide

What Does All This Mean for a School Leader?

Limited Resources and Your Needs


Activities to Consider . . .



"The world of technology changes by the second and educators are left in the dust to navigate a tsunami of tools. Levin and Schrum provide a detailed roadmap of technology tools available today and how they can be harnessed by educators to improve student engagement."

Eric Sheninger, Educational Consultant and Author of Digital Leadership

"School leaders need less philosophy and more of a focus on the practical steps needed to move forward.  In Leading 21st-Century Schools: Harnessing Technology for Engagement and Achievement, Second Edition Lynne Schrum and Barbara Levin update their best-selling First Edition by adding in the newest innovations in technology, while at the same time offering suggestions on how to get started."

Peter DeWitt, Corwin author/Consultant
Finding Common Ground Blog/ Education Week

"School leaders are charged with many responsibilities as they lead their schools. The job has changed dramatically and new approaches are needed to meet all of the demands placed on our profession. Leaders today must know how to harness the power of technology to effectively lead their schools. Technology can be used in a positive manner or simply used as an attempt to catch on to the 'next thing'. It is up to leaders to learn how to properly use technology to assist in reaching their goals. 

As a practicing principal I encourage you to read this book. It offers a wealth of information as well as providing examples of how real school leaders are using technology to meet their goals. The mix of information and real world examples make this a 'go to' book and a must for your educational toolbox."

Michael Waiksnis, Co-Principal/Transformation Leader, 2014 South Carolina Principal of the Year
Knox Middle School, Salisbury, North Carolina

"This book is aimed at administrators, but it’s really a terrific resource for all educators who want to stay on top of emerging technology trends in education! It is written with grace and clarity, and flows in a logical fashion thanks to an organizing framework that carries the reader from a description of today’s learners and the technological tools available to them, to their potential curricular implications and opportunities and on to the key issues which their use present to educators. Each chapter is grounded by leaders’ personal stories, and offers a great set of suggested activities and resources for going further with the topic. The list of key words used in each chapter, with definitions, is almost alone worth the price of the book! It’s a book I know I will be turning to time and again and will enthusiastically recommend to others. Bravo to Schrum and Levin for this updated classic!"

Kathleen Fulton, Author of Time for Learning: Top 10 Reasons Why Flipping the Classroom Can Change Education

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