Self-Assessment Activities for School Administrators: A Companion to Making Technology Standards Work for You

Self-Assessment Activities for School Administrators: A Companion to Making Technology Standards Work for You

Self-Assessment Activities for School Administrators: A Companion to Making Technology Standards Work for You

Self-Assessment Activities for School Administrators: A Companion to Making Technology Standards Work for You

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Since their release in November 2001, the National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators (NETS•A) have been incorporated into a variety of professional development programs and courses for school administrators. My previous book, Making Technology Standards Work for You: A Guide for School Administrators (ISTE, 2002), is organized around those standards and has been adopted as a text by universities and professional development specialists around the world. It has also been used as a reference guide for individual administrators in their own professional growth.

To help readers implement the NETS•A, the book includes both an in-depth discussion of each standard's performance indicators and a number of charts that suggest useful approaches to refining a vision for the future. The first chart in each section details steps leaders can take to review current practices in their school or district, while a second chart helps them identify implementation goals. The third chart for each section identifies tasks leaders can undertake to move from current practice to desired future practice.

While readers have found these charts and the overall discussion of NETS'A performance indicators helpful, some have asked me for additional ideas to help them get started. SelfAssessment Activities for School Administrators: A Companion to Making Technology Standards Work for You was born out of this feedback. This companion book provides entry-level self-assessment activities for each performance indicator—activities which may be completed as class assignments, as part of a professional study group, or by individuals writing their own professional growth plans or objectives.

How to Use This Companion

Full implementation of the NETS•A is a long-term process. It's not really practical to start with Performance Indicator I.A. and tick off each indicator one by one until you've completed Performance Indicator VI.E. Instead, administrators need to develop a global picture of where their skills and needs currently lie. Based on that self-assessment, administrators can develop an action plan that will efficiendy bring their school or district into alignment with the standards. That's precisely what this book is designed to help you do.

COMPLETING THE INDIVIDUAL SURVEY OF NETS•A SKILLS

Begin by completing the Individual Survey of NETS•A Skills (one for site leaders and one for district leaders) that follows this introduction. The survey is also available on the CD-ROM accompanying this book, as well as online at http://sjbrooks_young.tripod.com/ sjbrooksyoungconsulting/id 15.html. If you use the paper or CD formats, your answers will provide a quick visual map of your own skill levels. Items that you mark Strongly Agree or . . .

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