When you tell people about a new idea or thought that they've never had before I've noticed that there are two kinds of people. The first type of person ignores the innovation and give you the “blank stare”. Then there's a second group: they have lots of questions, thoughts and comments. Their enthusiasm bubbles over. This led me to wonder why there could be these two Polar Opposites . It made me question whether innovation was actually polarizing for people. Are people wired completely differently?
After much hard work and a little luck I was accepted into the Google Innovator Academy. The Google Academy supports me in trying to empower principals to be Technology Leaders. However, my Google innovator project seems to create these “opposites” I want to create a tool that is easily accessible for all principals to use and can be the right tool for them. I have a year to figure out how to make this happen. I know there will be curves along the way and twists and turns. But with grit, I'm hoping this project can come to life.
Change is difficult for many, I acknowledge this. I hope to create a tool to make a principal’s job easier, not to polarize. My challenge is not in creating the tool; It is in guiding reluctant leaders towards a comfort and acceptance of new technology. I understand that you cannot push a rope. I hope to, instead, gently lead others to an easier and more effective manner for collaboration, sharing ideas, and communication. Instead of being polarizing, I want to demonstrate how an inclusive culture for all educational leaders is worthwhile and valuable. Our students can’t wait for school to be 21st century places of learning or for this type of leadership to take hope hold.