How might WE learn?

Digital Leadership Badge

Educators spend a significant amount of time reflecting on pedagogy to support an engaging student learning experience, and rightfully so.  How much time do school leaders spend planning and preparing to support 21st century professional learning?  How might we enhance the HOWs, WHATs, and WHYs for learning in this digitally connected age?

In the next month I’ll be sharing an interactive Digital Leadership Challenge designed to support HOW we learn.  The Digital Leadership Challenge article will be titled “Driven to Collaborate.”  It will feature creative mini-challenges submitted by ten connected educators across the country.  The article and accompanying mini-challenges is being published by the Minnesota Elementary Principal Association (#MESPAmn) and shared electronically via multiple sources including this blog.

We’ll be using a tiered system to ensure that regardless of where you are at on your Digital Leadership journey there will be accessible entry-points to learn and grow.  We’ve also created a cool point-system with electronic badges that will be awarded based on the challenges you complete.  I’m really excited by the inspiring variety of learning opportunities that will be outlined in the article.  Please encourage your colleagues to dial in to this unique, 21st century PD opportunity.

Watch for the article the 1st week in May.  Special thanks to the amazing educators that collaborated on the Digital Leadership Challenge.

Mini-Challenge Submissions:


Curt Rees, Elementary Principal, WI

@CurtRees on Twitter


Patrick Glynn, Elementary Principal, MN

@GallyGopher on Twitter


Jessica Johnson, Elementary Principal, WI

@PrincipalJ on Twitter


Tony Sinanis, Elementary Lead Learner, NY

Joe Sanfelippo, District Superintendent, WI

@TonySinanis & @Joesanfelippofc on Twitter 


Dwight Carter, HS Principal, OH

@Dwight_Carter on Twitter


Dave Zukor, Integration Specialist, MN

@DZukor on Twitter


Rafranz Davis, Instructional Technology Specialist, TX

@RafranzDavis on Twitter


Daisy Dyer Duerr, PreK – 12 Principal, AR

@DaisyDyerDuerr on Twitter


Terri Eichholz, Teacher of K – 5 Gifted Students, TX

@TerriEichholz on Twitter


Eric Sheninger, High School Principal, NJ


About Dr. Brad Gustafson

I am an elementary principal and author in Minnesota. You can connect with me at or on Twitter via @GustafsonBrad

Posted on March 22, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. This sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to hear all the ideas. I like to build presentations on a padlet wall with different levels based on the results from surveys I send to teachers. I’m dabbling with near pod and classflow now to engage teachers. It really bothers me when educators plan PD without differentiation or choices.

    • We’re really excited to launch the Digital Leadership Challenge in early May! “Choice” is such a powerful tool. When it is applied to elements of a learning experience such as process, product, and content, the result can be a more personalized experience. This is not new information to anyone…I’m sure. However, I’m really excited to apply the tenets of differentiated instruction to a Digital Leadership lens. Realizing a 21st century pedagogy is going to take a concerted effort and sustained high-quality PD. Our students are counting on us to make it happen! Have a great day and I look forward to learning with you.

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