March 2020 will be forever etched in history as a time when educators had to reimagine and redefine what was known as school. As school leaders, we had to rapidly draw up plans for the foreseeable future in completely unknown and unexplored territory. All we knew for certain was that we had to do our best to provide an education to the students we were serving, stretching every resource we had. There was no choice but to adapt to an unfamiliar technology tool in order to succeed.
As we look at the next big technological challenge that lies ahead, generative AI, we are trying to apply much of what we learned during the pandemic to new technologies. Here are some of the key lessons we’ve employed.
Lead by example.
As leaders, we need to constantly model what we would like to see from our staff and students, and technology is no exception. We may feel intimidated, we may feel overwhelmed, we may feel defeated, but still have to overcome all of those challenges to lead by example. During the pandemic, we led by example by learning and leading alongside our staff and students.