Leading Personalized and Digital Learning

Leading Personalized and Digital Learning A Framework for Implementing School Change

Mary Ann Wolf, Elizabeth Bobst, and Nancy Mangum
paper, 200 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-091-7
Price: $32.00

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Leading Personalized and Digital Learning provides needed guidance for principals, aspiring principals, and other school leaders at a critical time when educators are looking to put the power of technology to work for student-centered learning. The authors identify eight leadership essentials that school leaders must attend to if they are to lead an effective and sustainable transition to a new way of teaching and learning. They also offer resources and wisdom gleaned from years in the field. 


Leading Personalized and Digital Learning could not come at a better time, as thousands of education leaders are pondering strategies for leading change in their communities. Personalized learning has always been a hallmark of quality teaching and learning; the authors methodically show that quality teaching and effective technology can now make this learning experience available for many, not just a few. Written by practitioners for practitioners, this book will be a practical guidebook for education leaders who want to take the bold step to transform learning for students and teachers. — Governor Bob Wise, president, Alliance for Excellent Education

Leading Personalized and Digital Learning appropriately starts with community engagement and a focus on important student outcomes. It is these conversations that create a shared and fresh vision for learner experience. The authors provide great change management and talent development tools for distributed leadership environments as well as practical and useful ‘Try It Tomorrow’ tips. — Tom Vander Ark, CEO, Getting Smart

This well-constructed and well researched framework will provide confidence to any principal wishing to embrace a seismic educational shift at their school site. — Bretton Varga, Teachers College Record

In Leading Personalized and Digital Learning, authors Mary Ann Wolf, Elizabeth Bobst and Nancy Mangum identify eight Leadership Essentials to guide readers as they implement a personalized learning initiative. They readily acknowledge there is no “one-size fits all” framework and provide examples of what digital and personalized learning looks like. — Lisa Floyd, School Administrator

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About the Authors

Mary Ann Wolf is the Director of Digital Learning Programs at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. She began her career in education as a fifth-grade teacher and has worked with national, state, district, and school leaders across the country in building capacity for personalized and digital learning. She and her team lead ongoing, job-embedded professional learning to guide superintendents, district teams, and principals, coaches, and teachers. Mary Ann played a lead role in developing and facilitating the Digital Learning Transition MOOC-Ed and the Learning Differences MOOC-Ed. She has written extensively on culture, personalized learning, and digital learning, including Innovate to Educate: Education System [Re]Design for Personalized Learning, an influential report based on a symposium held by SIIA, ASCD, and CCSSO. She also coauthored Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning for the Alliance for Excellent Education and two reports on mobile learning in North America for UNESCO and CoSN. She was previously the executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and spent many years in the nation’s capital advocating for the importance of personalized and digital learning to meet the needs of each student. Mary Ann was a member of the NAEP Technology Literacy Assessment steering committee. She also testified before the US House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee; SETDA hosted, with the National Science Foundation, Future of Learning educational technology showcases for members of Congress and staffers in the House and Senate. Connect with Mary Ann on Twitter at @maryannwolfed or by e-mail at wolfed.maryann@gmail.com.

Elizabeth Bobst is a writer, editor, and educator focusing on ESOL and international education. She began her teaching career as a middle/high school English teacher and volleyball coach and has taught in classrooms up and down the east coast. After earning her TESOL certification from NCSU in 2013, Elizabeth now works with adults learning English as a second language and who are using English as a tool to improve their lives. Interested in sharing culture as well as language, Elizabeth has taught in several different countries. Her writing focuses on personalized and digital learning, as well as equity issues in education. Connect with Elizabeth on her website elizabethbobst.com.

Nancy Mangum is the Digital Learning Lead at The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. Nancy is passionate about helping educators create learning environments that empower all students and ignite their passion for learning and teaching. She has developed several comprehensive programs for school leaders including the Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning program that is being run in sixteen organizations and states around the country. Her work at the institute also includes guiding principals and district leaders as they implement digital transitions through leadership development, strategic planning, and coaching.

She leads several projects at the Friday Institute including the Digital Leaders Coaching Network, the Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning Program, and Leading Schools Project. Nancy is a contributor to the National Future Ready Summits sponsored by the US Department of Education and is a content developer and summit facilitator for the Alliance for Excellent Education. She has also been the president of NCTIES. She brings a depth of knowledge about curriculum, pedagogy, and instructional technology, with past experiences as a classroom teacher, technology facilitator, and district leader. Connect with Nancy on Twitter at @nmangum or via e-mail at nkmangum@gmail.com.

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