Ed Tech Conferences for Administrators

When I started leading AB 75 workshops for administrators in January 2005, I wasn’t exactly excited that I wasn’t training teachers… but I quickly learned that if there’s one person’s fire you want to light at a campus, it’s the administrator. This is of course doubly true at the district level or higher. Now I’m thrilled to be involved with two upcoming educational technology conferences focused on administrators.

Computer Using Educators (CUE) has partnered with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and the Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL) to present the Leadership 3.0 symposium (Lead3), an event that focuses on leadership, technology, and innovation:

Are you a busy superintendent, principal, or other K-12 administrator who must provide informed leadership in how technology is deployed? Are you an educational administrator who wants to use technology more effectively yourself? Would you like to hear how other administrators are using technology in their work? If so, this symposium is for you!

Lead3 is happening April 10-12, 2008 at the Westin Hotel, San Francisco Airport. Download the program and registration form and keep track of the latest news at the Leadership 3.0 blog. Oh, and one more thing… Sir Ken Robinson is the keynote speaker. :)

The Fresno County Office of Education Instructional Technology Department is also producing an exciting event for administrators on May 15 & 16 at Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite. You can’t ask for a better location, and they’ve brought in speakers such as Dr. David Thornburg (the keynote), Chris Walsh, and Steve Hargadon – so there promises to be some innovative content and hands-on workshops. Participants will “discover how leadership, innovation, and the latest web technologies can transform teaching and support student achievement.” View the conference flyer here and register online.

If you are an administrator, I hope you’ll consider attending these events, and if you are a teacher or tech coordinator who would like your administrator to understand more about the tools and pedagogies you’re advocating, pass this information on to your administrators – and convince them to go. ;)