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E ach of us has a leadership platform, either explicitly stated or implicitly held. It consists of our own statements of values and beliefs about education and educational leadership. A platform serves as a touchstone, a reminder of what we think is valuable and important to know and remember. It is an ethical compass of sorts, suggesting directions we might take and not regret later. We could also look at it as a bottom line for each of us, the ultimate values and assumptions to which we pledge allegiance. For some superintendents, the bottom line might be fiscal responsibility, and for others it might be student achievement. For still others, it might be expanding opportunities for students, creating a stable society, or treating associates decently; it could even be maintaining a promising career trajectory or seeking accolades for our work. Part of the leadership platform as well is considering how we should go about pursuing the bottom line. What are we willing to do and how much are we willing to do it? Finally, part of our platform is our list of assumptions about why certain actions will be effective or ineffective. What do we believe “works,” and why do we believe that?

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Stephanie Burchett – Educational Leadership Portfolio

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Welcome to my portfolio for instructional leadership, which showcases my strengths and ideals as I begin my adventure into school leadership!

Leadership Platform

My leadership, or supervisory, platform embodies my ideas as a 21st century educator and administrator. .

As a supervisor and leader, it is essential to bear in mind your vision and goals for your school to be successful. As a transformational leader in the 21st Century that believes in leading with the intent to serve, it is imperative that I develop relationships embodied with communication and collaboration. Supervision of classroom instruction is the ability of the administrator to reinforce and enhance teaching practices that contribute to improved student learning. The ultimate goal of supervision of classroom instruction should be to ensure that students are learning in a safe and positive environment.

An effective supervisor recognizes that the craft of teaching lies within the teacher and that the role of the supervisor is not to determine which aspects of a teacher’s instruction are in need of improvement but rather to foster relationships in which teachers are willing to identify their own needs and welcome assistance. To support this ideology, supervisors must possess an understanding that maintaining and manifesting a sense of power will have an adverse effect on their success. When teachers maintain control over the direction of their classroom and the decisions that are made, a collaborative relationship will develop. As a supervisor, it is vital to take on the role of a coach or facilitator. It is essential to maintain a consistent presence in the school environment, not just in the classroom for observations.

As an administrator, it is my job to minister. Ministering to the faculty and staff is important. Giving them the encouragement and support that they need to continue to do their jobs. Often, supervisors forget that teachers can become frustrated and burnt out. However, I want to ensure that my ministry as a supervisor is positive and supportive. Staff members should feel that they always can confide in me and do not have to be concerned about judgment. It is also equally important that all distractions are eliminated to ensure that educators can efficiently complete their task of delivering instruction daily. Encouraging a loving and and respectful learning environment in which students are able to flourish is the core of being a supervisor. Working with staff to promote the development of student relationships. Setting the tone and building relationships that intertwine the administration, faculty, and students is key to the success of the school. Offering support is more than just a pat on the back, it also entails: 

finding space for pull-out instruction; ensuring those collaborative teachers can plan together; guaranteeing space in the classroom for push-in instruction;  allowing for vertical alignment in the curriculum across grade levels; ensuring that teachers can attend professional development that is meaningful and will enable them to grow; ensuring that teachers are equipped with technology in their classrooms so that they can incorporate technology into their lessons;

support for behavioral needs in the classroom; efficiently listening to staff, not just hearing their concerns.

As an administrator, being flexible is significant. Walking into a classroom, and knowing that instruction is being delivered and is purposeful to students outweighs the desire to ensure that staff is sticking closely to the aligned curriculum map. Instruction and re-teaching are equally important, and teachers that can analyze their data effectively can deliver interventions or reteach students as needed in their classroom. These teachers may not always be where everyone else is, but he/she is still effective because they are ensuring the needs of their students are being met. Flexibility is also necessary because teachers are diverse, and they have a variety of teaching styles. Just like students, they should not be put in a box nor expected to be cookie cutters.

It is important that the supervision of classroom instruction for the school allows for teachers to know the administrators’ expectations, and from there be able to, with the administrator’s support decide what instruction may look like in their classroom. This conversation is vital between teachers and supervisors because it opens up dialogue and allows for the relationship between the supervisor and teacher to be collaborative. This process will take place with pre-conferences, observations, and post conferences which allow for the teacher to have the opportunity to discuss a variety of areas of concern within their classroom.

As a supervisor in the 21st Century, it is only right to ensure teachers are equipped with all the knowledge, resources, and skills they need to be 21st Century educators. Teachers first need to understand what 21st Century skills are:

  • Collaboration and teamwork;
  • Creativity and imagination;
  • Critical thinking;
  • Problem-solving.

Ensuring that teachers understand these essential skills and the technology will allow for success in the classroom. Providing educators with tiered professional development opportunities will allow for each educator to receive precisely what they need and let them apply it to their classroom.

    All of these elements effectively create an environment in which learning and instruction can take place in a collaborative setting, creating a sense of cohesiveness with open communication.

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Education Leadership: Organizations, Associations, and Ways to Get Involved

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Educators do more than merely teach. They mold and shape the future, from the minds of students to the administrative policies that govern the concept of education. They achieve this through the development of leadership skills and knowledge to ultimately create innovative policies and forge improvements in established strategies. This level of leadership applies to all levels of education, and it often transcends the classroom, extending to administrative and departmental levels.

Properly refining this skill set is challenging, especially since each academic year brings a unique set of difficulties. This is why getting involved in one of the country’s national education leadership organizations can be critical for education professionals. These groups allow educators to immerse themselves in new ideas in education, both inside and outside the classroom. Additionally, several education leadership organizations for students are designed to cultivate leadership qualities in those who aspire to be agents of education change on an advanced level.

This guide aims to provide a comprehensive view of how those in the education field—from today’s teachers to the students poised to be tomorrow’s leaders—can get involved in education leadership. It also provides information on how to engage within these important groups.

Why Students and Teachers Should Get Involved in Education Leadership

The concept of education leadership is based on key strategies to promote student advocacy, communication, and an understanding of community and its associative cultural competencies. Education leaders create and enforce policies that aim to facilitate the delivery of a quality education to every student in equal measure.

Education leadership has historically been influenced by systematic changes that have had a profound impact on teachers, principals, administrators, and students. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1965, No Child Left Behind in 2002, the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015, and other federal actions resulted in changes that required educators to lead others in interpreting and understanding new and revised information and concepts.

Those who pursue a path of education leadership can stand out as trusted voices among their peers and guide their colleagues in specialized aspects of education, such as curriculum design and instruction. They can also serve as mentors for new teachers or as learning facilitators who provide strategies to identify and address insufficiencies in student learning. They may also be able to use their leadership knowledge to inspire changes in policies and operational motifs to improve the teacher and student experience.

Students can also reap the benefits of teachers’ involvement in education leadership associations. Studies indicate that effective leadership from the teacher, principal, and school administration enables students, families, and communities to feel a greater sense of empowerment. Ultimately, this is why education leadership is important. Being informed of policy platforms and changes can inspire educators to strive toward improved results, since they know that doing so can translate to success.

There are several sites and documents that offer a comprehensive look at the benefits of how education leadership can bring about effective change inside and outside the classroom. For example, the US Department of Education provides a detailed history of the federal programs shaped by education leadership. Tennessee’s State Collaborative on Reforming Education cites several key research studies that demonstrate the impact that education leadership has on a principal and on the administrative level.

Education Leadership Organizations and Associations for Teachers

For teachers looking to refine their leadership skills, taking the first step may initially be intimidating; however, there are several education leadership associations and education policy organizations that can assist teachers in honing the skills needed to make a visceral impact in their field. Here is a look at some of the national and international organizations for education leaders that are able to provide that help.

  • National Education Association . Founded in 1857, this is one of the oldest education leadership organizations for teachers. NEA has 3 million national members, as well as affiliate organizations in all 50 states, and it can be found in more than 14,000 communities nationwide. Its primary purpose is to provide educators with essential tools and concepts to ensure all children have an equal chance at receiving a quality education.
  • Association of American Educators . This association states it is the largest non-union group among national education leadership organizations. AAE strives to move the education field forward by deploying modern strategies for teacher and education-driven advocacy without slipping into partisanship.
  • American Federation of Teachers . This professional organization, which was founded in 1916, has earned a reputation of being a strong agent of change in the education field. The AFT promotes civil and human rights in schools, and it also advocates for educators from a professional and collective bargaining standpoint.
  • Association of Leadership Educators . This grassroots organization’s mission is to increase the acumen of education leaders. It aims to provide educators with the tools they need to put theories associated with education change into practice to transform students’ lives.
  • Association of International Education Administrators . Like other international education leadership organizations, AIEA focuses on education from a global perspective by providing tools and resources for advanced-level educators. This strategy allows the organization to assist education professionals from around the world. It provides higher education leaders with the opportunity to collaborate with similar leaders on institution-based strategies and gain insight into public policy matters.

Education Leadership Organizations and Associations for Students

There are several leadership organizations for students that can help future educators lay a strong foundation of leadership qualities. This acumen can allow them to flourish as shapers of policy once they reach the professional level.

  • American Council on Education . ACE nurtures leadership qualities through regional summits and online peer-to-peer discussions. The ACE Fellows Program uses real-world scenarios and data to prepare students to strategically meet and resolve the challenges and obstacles they may face in a leadership position.
  • Career Education Colleges and Universities . This voluntary membership organization uses training, best practices, professional development, and advocacy-based strategies to prepare postsecondary students to excel in education leadership roles. CECU also offers an international membership program to help students shape education leadership with a global perspective.
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education . Since 1974, this membership association has offered tools and resources that help create synergy between institutions and their surrounding communities. CASE members can learn about how to work with alumni, donors, community leaders, parents, and foundation officers to foster education support and to encourage institutional growth.
  • Council for Exceptional Children . The goals of this organization revolve around providing education leadership for college students interested in advocating for special education services and opportunities. CEC provides professional educators and students alike with research findings and policy updates pertaining to running various programs for special-needs students.
  • American Association for School Administrators . This organization offers resources and support for students aspiring to land an advanced role in education, such as superintendent. It also offers certification programs and specialized collaborative networks designed to cultivate effective teaching strategies that lead to improved student outcomes.

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The future of educational leadership.

Although the future of corporate life is a popular topic, despite being crucial for global wellbeing and longevity, education is often overlooked. 

To answer questions about the future of educational leadership, and propose an agenda for change and development, authors Valerie Hannon and Anthony Mackay have created their report The future of educational leadership: Five signposts.  

As thought leaders, co-founders of the Global Education Leaders Partnership (GELP), and advisors to countless educational research centers and councils , they offer fundamental perspectives on educational leadership.

As the fourth paper in a series from the Centre for Strategic Education , Hannon and Mackay’s report highlights the necessity for a new form of educational leadership to take over in a world impacted by COVID-19 and other global disruptions. With so many significant societal changes occurring — from economic shifts and climate emergencies to technological innovations — our schools, educational leaders, and students are trying to find their place in an ever-evolving environment. 

In this post, we’ll introduce the five signposts outlined by the authors, highlight key quotes and learnings from their report, and provide an exclusive invite so you can learn more about this timely topic. 

The five signposts


Lead the creation of a new education narrative

The first signpost is the education narrative. Historically, leaders have been responsible for creating narratives that define societies, values, and communities. When it comes to educational institutions and schools, this is no different. 

School leaders have often created narratives around their individual institutions — usually surrounding history, aspiration, and excellence. For example, when you think of Harvard Law School, you most likely picture an exclusive Ivy League institution built on a legacy of monumental success and iconic alumni. 

While this “old narrative” around success has been pervasive to the present day, the authors propose a new narrative. Rather than focusing on individual schools, this new education narrative explores the purpose of collective learning as expansive, informed, and profoundly moral. 

The concept of “thriving” doesn’t just refer to a student landing a high-earning job once they’ve graduated, but how the values of sustainability, solidarity, and social responsibility have been incorporated into the collective educational system’s ethos. 

As Hannon and Mackay explain, 

“The construction of public narrative (the story we tell ourselves about ourselves) is fundamental to any possibility of change in education; the change that is needed if today’s learners are to thrive in a transforming world.”

Lead within ecosystems

Hannon and Mackay open their signpost two discussion by stating, “The traditional silos of schooling are no longer adequate to the challenge of providing the range, diversity, and personalisation of learning opportunities that young people now need if we are all to thrive.” 

Rather than simply dissecting the institution of the school on its own, educational leaders need to understand and consider other learning institutions such as businesses, creative and cultural organizations, and other learning ecosystems to build a society that prioritizes lifelong learning. When this happens, leaders can tap into and empower a greater workforce and encourage a much freer flow of ideas and perspectives. 

Additionally, these ecosystems benefit learners by opening up countless educational possibilities. Instead of relying solely on schools for their learning opportunities, learners and students can discover other channels to gain experience and knowledge. That said, the authors emphasize the need for schools within these ecosystems — but only if they are reimagined. Continue reading their report here and join our upcoming event to find out exactly what this means.

Lead for equity

While equality and individual and collective wellbeing have long been goals of our educational systems, these can’t be achieved without addressing equity at a deep level. Numerous inequalities create hierarchies within our societal systems, from income and wealth disparities to differences in race, gender, and sexuality. 

As Hannon and Mackay explain, “Increasingly, scholarship is indicating that reducing inequality is also key to delivering future prosperity.” For example, as violence against people of color and women continues to increase, the possibility of a thriving future does the opposite. Equity is necessary to celebrate and incorporate different world views, which have a lasting impact on educational systems. 

Educational leaders of the future must, at the very least, be agents of change and strong advocates for inclusion and diversity. As Hannon and Mackay state, “...the very essence of the culture and ensuing policies and practice needs an equity lens” when it comes to the everyday running of educational institutions.


Lead for innovation

Innovation has been an ongoing theme of the paper. This portion of Hannon and Mackay’s report zeroes in on the importance of future-focused solutions to specific problems and existing systems.

As the authors argue, “ leaders — especially system leaders — need to be committed to experimentation, innovation, and knowledge exchange, not only in an individual’s own learning environment but on behalf of the wider system.” Solutions can’t just come from those at the top. Learners themselves need to be involved in innovation methods and research efforts at work.

In this section, the authors outline three examples of existing methodologies available for engaging in future-focused innovation: Agile Leadership, Spirals of Inquiry, and Human-Centered Design. Attend our upcoming event and read the full paper to discover how these methodologies, along with widespread infrastructural support and a shift in mindset, can impact the future of educational leadership.


Lead for futures literacy

The road to successful educational leadership is not linear. While previously leaders may have been able to look to the past to inform their futures, our rapidly-changing world has rendered this approach all-but-obsolete. 

To prepare for an unprecedented future, leaders need to become “future literate.” Defined by UNESCO within the paper, future literacy is “a skill that allows people to…empower the imagination, enhance our ability to prepare, recover, and invent as changes occur.” Here, the authors explain that the purpose isn’t to predict the future but rather to think about what’s actually “possible, plausible, probable, and preferred.” A top skill of educational leadership will be navigating change and uncertainty with the goal of collective thriving. 

In this section, Hannon and Mackay explore the idea of a “zone of collision” for schools and systems — or the time period where change theorists believe we will see the greatest amount of innovation (and disruption). This is where new thinking is born and can come to light, but only if educators are prepared. 

At a time of such global uncertainty — pandemics, economic shifts, social warfare, and climate crises — there is a need to examine the future of educational leadership. With educational institutions and systems such a pillar of worldwide communities, authors Valerie Hannon and Anthony Mackay bring a sense of urgency to this critical topic. 

Focusing on five key signposts — a co-developed narrative, ecosystemic engagement, responsible commitments to experimentation, the importance of equity, and the evolution of future literacy  — the authors have created a framework to help educational leaders mobilize for a reimagined future. 

Learn more about why a new form of educational leadership is necessary in a post-pandemic world, plus how today’s schools fit into broader society, by attending our upcoming event with special guests, authors Valerie Hannon and Anthony Mackay. 


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13 Educational Platforms

March 6, 2022

Guest Author Marta Rudnicka

Educational Platforms

The continuous development in the field of education has made the move to online platforms by major university and school programs inevitable. So, we’ve provided some of the top educational platforms below to help you, your business, or your institution maximize the power of elearning.

1. SC Training (formerly EdApp)

SC Training (formerly EdApp) is a highly regarded, award-winning educational platform used by both large and small institutions globally. Accessible to all users, it gives easy-to-use design solutions and templates to make elearning content creation as easy and effective as possible.

Educational Platform - SC Training (formerly EdApp)

If you're looking to spruce up your curriculum, SC Training (formerly EdApp) makes it easy to incorporate ready-to-learn courses that were built by top-notch experts from around the globe. It has a vast library that contains over 1,000 highly customizable courses.

Another cool thing about the platform is that it focuses on microlearning, so its courses are designed to be mobile-friendly, making it super easy for anyone to study anytime, anywhere. And guess what? This educational platform even has games and quizzes in between courses to make learning more effective and interesting for learners. How awesome is that?

On top of offering a wide variety of courses , SC Training (formerly EdApp) also offers an intuitive Creator Tool that you can use to create your own online learning courses. You can either create the courses manually or opt for the platform's AI-powered content generator tool. Say goodbye to complicated authoring methods and hello to a quick and easy process instead.

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Also, if you don’t have the time to build your own courses from scratch, you can opt to take advantage of SC Training (formerly EdApp)’s Course Creation Services . Through this add-on feature, their team of expert instructional designers can design and launch your courses for you along with additional onboarding and account support.

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2. Google Classroom

The educational tool proposed by the software giant is more than a decent solution for school s, which suddenly had to switch to online learning. Although not entirely free, it offers a fully functional free tier, which allows for conducting distant teaching and giving assignments. Google Classroom uses well-known G Suite tools, such as Google Docs, calculations’ sheets, online presentation tools, and video call tools (Google Hangouts). Its simple and well-known design, basic functionalities available for free, and high accessibility rates, all make Google Classroom a straightforward choice for school and university courses and examples of educational programs, where there’s no need for high-end supplementary options and tools.

Google Classroom Educational Platform

3. Udemy School

Udemy is one of the most well-known educational platforms offering a number of peer-reviewed courses taught by instructors from around the world. Udemy offers many standard designing tools for course creators: videos, calculation sheets, documents, and presentations. Unfortunately, on the downside, this k-12 online education platform doesn’t allow for a seamless exchange between the teacher and the students. Additionally, there’s almost no quality control for the courses which are being published in Udemy. Therefore, a good peer-review rating is a crucial element when choosing a class at Udemy. As it is geared towards personalized learning and self-paced learning mode, there’s no big community support and neither is the possibility of feedback from the teacher.

Educational Platform - Udemy School

While it’s dedicated to traditional classroom learning rather than professional training and development, this k-12 online learning platforms for adults allows teachers to create their own unique, instructor-led training online courses. WizIQ is an award-winning educational platform, which delivers interactive learning experiences. Online courses created with WizIQ can also be offered for sale and with the possibility to turn them into MOOCs (massive open online courses), they can easily be made into a source of revenue. WizIQ also offers digital tutoring software for those interested in giving personal instruction on a chosen subject. WizIQ doesn’t have a very transparent pricing policy – for every potential client is given an individual quota after contacting the sales team.

Online Platforms for Education - WizIQ

Together with Coursera, edX is two holy grails among the LMS focused on delivering college-quality education. Created by Harvard and MIT graduates, edX is a higher-education-oriented platform hosting online courses from different universities. While it isn’t quite suited for professional training in the workplace, you can attend a Yale business program or Harvard physics class for free. EdX’s interest lies in improving the global accessibility to top-class resources and educators. However, the choice offered by edX is way smaller than on other computer platform types and limited to very specialized fields. EdX also doesn’t support microlearning and its policy still advocated traditional teaching methods , with listening to lectures and writing essays . Its focus is chiefly on natural sciences, leaving humanities and arts in the last position. It’s therefore clear, that not necessarily everyone will be satisfied with what they’ll find on this platform.

Educational Online Platform - edX

6. BlackboardLearn

BlackBoard learn is aimed at higher-education teachers and students, who need to be able to store and share the materials in the cloud or a course management system. Apart from teaching, it can be used for corporate and governmental training programs, although there are other LMS that offer more built-in features for less. It’s mobile-friendly, which caters to the younger users’ habits, as it enables then to attend classes anywhere. Blackboard delivers content without fuss but takes away some of the fun other LMS provide along with great functionality. Blackboard is not free, however, there’s no clear pricing on their website and one has to request a quote.

Blackboard Educational Platform

7. Coursera

Coursera is an educational platform, which like edX, aims at delivering college-level education and quality training globally. It offers online degrees, specialized courses, and one-off activities, delivered by renowned partner universities from all over the world. Most of the courses at Coursera require active participation, feedback, writing tasks, and attending lectures. The effort pays off, as after completing a course, one can apply for a certificate with a relevant stamp on it. Coursera is free for university students (except for degree courses) but requires an admission fee from everyone else.

Educational Platform - Coursera

8. Skillshare

Skillshare counts among well-known educational platforms focused on delivering practical skill-oriented courses for its dynamic range of students. It is primarily limited to an educational video platform, where teachers and educators explain the topic in a series of clips. Skillshare is a community-based platform, meaning everyone can potentially become a teacher and it’s easy to gain feedback and support at the community forum. Contrary to EdX or Coursera, Skillshare focuses on teaching pragmatic skills helping with building an online presence (useful in the era of social media marketing and email marketing ), supporting small businesses or simply for entertainment purposes. Skillshare offers free two-month trial and after the access is based on a monthly subscription.

Online Platforms for Education - Skillshare

9. Thinkific

As a well-designed LMS platform system that makes creating your training courses feasible and easy, Thinkific offers a variety of templates and graphics to facilitate the design of your course. It’s mostly aimed at entrepreneurs, online educators, coaches, and trainers, who wish to expand their reach and perhaps update their educational tools. Unfortunately, Thinkific is not free, and to access the full range of design and marketing tools, a monthly subscription plan is required.

Educational Online Platform - Thinkific

10. LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an educational platform and SAAS that chiefly focuses on business and technology-related fields. The platform’s courses are delivered in video form in seven different languages which makes it adequately accessible, depending on your geographical location. LinkedIn Learning comes as a premium feature for LinkedIn users with upgraded profiles and aims at providing new, better qualifications for those searching for new opportunities in the job market. LinkedIn Learning is a good place to learn, more difficult to teach as becoming a coach there requires a lot of effort. The quality of the courses is not always easy to assess beforehand and requires some research.

LinkedIn Learning Educational Platform

11. GoToTraining

GoToTraining is a highly adaptable educational platform packed with reliable features that you can use to create learning materials and manage online training sessions. Through its unique, built-in tools, organizations can easily customize registration processes, manage training materials, as well as share and publish courses. Learners can also collaborate during live training sessions through small group activities, collaborations, discussions, and polls. 

Educational Platform - GoToTraining

As a trainer or L&D professional, you can opt to send your course catalogs directly to your learners to encourage self-paced learning and adaptive learning, or you can host an online conference to ensure direct communication with your team. Another great feature is that GoToTraining allows trainers to host a content library, where they can upload, store, organize, and reuse learning materials like courses, tests, and class recordings. These can then be accessed by workers at their best convenience. 

12. Trainual

Trainual is another educational platform that can help you onboard or train employees with a learning program. It allows you to customize elearning courses in just a few clicks. Simply choose from the platform’s 150+ free templates, embed your images or videos, add your training content, and deploy it to your learners. Your workers can then access their course materials through multiple online platforms such as iOS, Android, Chrome extension, and other web browsers. It’s important to highlight, however, that this platform doesn’t support SCORM files or other elearning formats. This can be a huge deal-breaker for those with existing content on other online learning software. Apart from this disadvantage, you’ll also have to spend 9 USD to access all of Trainual’s basic features.

Educational Platform - Trainual

Alternative option: If you don’t want to use a readymade learning management platform, you could create your own eLearning website. It’s a lot more work to set up and run, but it can be a fulfilling experience. Platforms like WordPress are completely free to use. There are lots of WordPress LMS themes , especially at Templatemonster , to make your website look the part, and plenty of plugins to help you create an engaging student experience. It is a lot more effort than SC Training (formerly EdApp), but could deliver a great learning resource!

13. FutureLearn

FutureLearn is another educational platform that can be used to gain new knowledge and skills. More than 2,000 distinct courses are available on this platform, covering a wide range of topics like business management, healthcare, creative arts, and much more. These courses, like those on Coursera and edX, are created by top universities and industry experts and distributed through videos, articles, discussions, quizzes, and other exercises.

Educational Platform - FutureLearn

One of its best features is that it provides distinctive microdentials and programs designed to offer in-depth courses in a specific field. Some of these even come with academic credit that may be applied toward a professional degree, and they are supported by independent certificate management software. Additionally, the courses here are 100% online and can be completed for up to 15 weeks.

Educational platform systems have become ubiquitous and continuously gain more customers: both teachers and students. From highly specialized university-degree platforms like Coursera to practical skill-oriented ones like Skillshare, each of them targets a special audience.

Variety of tools, video-based teaching, peer-support system and user experience opinion ratings make elearning an attractive environment to further one’s knowledge and gain new skills easily. With platforms like SC Training (formerly EdApp), designing beautiful online courses has never been more accessible.


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Understanding Educational Leadership: Role, Significance, and Components

Educational leadership is a multifaceted concept that plays a crucial role in shaping the future of education and society at large. It encompasses the ability to inspire, guide, and facilitate positive change within educational institutions. In this comprehensive article, we will delve into the meaning of educational leadership, explore its significance in fostering effective learning environments, and analyze the key components that contribute to its success.

What Do You Mean By Educational Leadership?

Educational leadership can be defined as the process of guiding and influencing individuals, teams, and organizations within the education sector to achieve common goals that enhance teaching and learning outcomes. At its core, educational leadership involves visionary thinking, strategic planning, and effective decision-making to create an environment conducive to academic excellence and holistic development.

One of the fundamental aspects of educational leadership is the ability to inspire and motivate others towards a shared vision of educational improvement. Effective educational leaders possess strong communication skills and empathy, allowing them to connect with stakeholders such as students, teachers, parents, and community members. By fostering a culture of collaboration and inclusivity, educational leaders can mobilize resources and support to address challenges and implement innovative solutions.

Furthermore, educational leadership extends beyond administrative roles and encompasses instructional leadership, which focuses on improving teaching practices and student learning outcomes. Educational leaders must demonstrate instructional expertise and provide ongoing professional development opportunities for educators to enhance their pedagogical skills and adapt to changing educational trends.

In summary, educational leadership involves visionary leadership, effective communication, and instructional expertise to drive positive change and improve educational outcomes for all stakeholders.

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What Is The Role Of Education In Leadership?


Education plays a pivotal role in developing effective leaders who can address complex challenges and drive innovation in various domains. Leadership skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration are cultivated through educational experiences that promote intellectual growth and personal development.

One of the primary functions of education in leadership is to nurture a diverse range of talents and abilities, equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in leadership roles. Whether through formal schooling, extracurricular activities, or experiential learning opportunities, education provides a platform for individuals to explore their interests, develop their strengths, and build the confidence to lead others.

Moreover, education fosters a culture of continuous learning and continuous improvement, essential qualities for effective leadership in a rapidly evolving world. Through ongoing education and professional development, leaders can stay abreast of current trends, best practices, and emerging technologies, enabling them to make informed decisions and adapt to changing circumstances.

Additionally, education promotes ethical leadership by instilling values such as integrity, empathy, and social responsibility. By emphasizing the importance of ethical conduct and civic engagement, education cultivates leaders who are committed to serving the greater good and making positive contributions to society.

In summary, education serves as a catalyst for leadership development by providing individuals with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to lead with integrity, resilience, and vision.

What Are The Most Important Components Of Educational Leadership?


Educational leadership comprises several essential components that contribute to its effectiveness in driving positive change and improving educational outcomes. These components encompass both administrative and instructional aspects of leadership and are integral to creating a supportive learning environment where all stakeholders can thrive. Below are some of the most important components of educational leadership:

Visionary Leadership:

At the heart of educational leadership is a compelling vision that inspires and motivates stakeholders to work towards common goals. Visionary leaders articulate a clear and aspirational vision for the future of their educational institution, outlining strategic objectives and priorities to guide decision-making and resource allocation. By fostering a shared sense of purpose and direction, visionary leaders create a sense of unity and momentum that propels the organization forward.

Instructional Leadership:

Effective educational leaders prioritize instructional excellence and student achievement by providing support and resources to enhance teaching and learning practices. Instructional leaders collaborate with teachers to develop curriculum frameworks, instructional strategies, and assessment methods that promote student engagement, critical thinking, and academic success. By fostering a culture of continuous improvement, instructional leaders empower educators to reflect on their practice, pursue professional development opportunities, and implement evidence-based interventions to meet the diverse needs of learners.

Culturally Responsive Leadership:

In today’s multicultural and diverse society, educational leaders must embrace cultural competence and foster inclusivity within their schools and communities. Culturally responsive leaders recognize and value the cultural backgrounds, languages, and experiences of all students, families, and staff members. They create learning environments that celebrate diversity, promote equity, and ensure that every individual feels respected, supported, and included. By addressing systemic inequities and promoting social justice, culturally responsive leaders strive to eliminate barriers to learning and create opportunities for all students to succeed.

Collaborative Leadership:

Successful educational leaders recognize the importance of collaboration and teamwork in achieving shared goals and objectives. Collaborative leaders engage stakeholders from across the educational community, including teachers, parents, students, administrators, and community partners, in decision-making processes and problem-solving initiatives. By fostering a culture of trust, transparency, and mutual respect, collaborative leaders build strong relationships and cultivate a sense of ownership and commitment among all stakeholders. Through effective collaboration, leaders leverage the collective expertise, creativity, and resources of the entire community to address challenges, implement solutions, and drive continuous improvement.

Transformational Leadership:

Transformational leadership involves inspiring and empowering others to reach their full potential and achieve extraordinary results. Transformational leaders lead by example, demonstrating passion, enthusiasm, and optimism in pursuit of ambitious goals and aspirations. They challenge the status quo, encourage innovation, and embrace change as an opportunity for growth and renewal. By fostering a culture of innovation and risk-taking, transformational leaders inspire creativity, resilience, and adaptability among their team members, enabling them to overcome obstacles and seize opportunities for growth and development.

Ethical Leadership:

Ethical leadership is grounded in integrity, honesty, and ethical decision-making, guided by a commitment to moral principles and values. Ethical leaders uphold high standards of conduct and accountability, acting with fairness, transparency, and respect for the rights and dignity of others. They prioritize the well-being and interests of their stakeholders, making decisions that are ethical, legal, and in the best interest of the community. By modeling ethical behavior and fostering a culture of integrity, ethical leaders build trust and credibility, inspiring confidence and loyalty among their followers.


Educational leadership is a complex and multifaceted concept that encompasses visionary thinking, instructional expertise, cultural competence, collaborative skills, transformational vision, and ethical principles. Effective educational leaders inspire and empower others to achieve common career goals , foster a culture of excellence and innovation, and create inclusive learning environments where all stakeholders can thrive. By embracing the key components of educational leadership outlined in this article, leaders can drive positive change, improve educational outcomes, and make a lasting impact on the lives of students, educators, and communities.

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Educational Leadership: Definition, Meaning & Examples

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A plethora of successful entrepreneurs and executives utilize educational leadership principles to help them succeed in their careers. Educational leadership can be applied in virtually any other field, too, such as medicine, engineering, and coaching.

If you are looking for a way to stand out as a leader, educational leadership may give you an edge over the competition.

In this article, we will uncover the meaning of educational leadership, outline its benefits and drawbacks, and show you how to implement it in your daily life. To get the most out of this exploration, consider taking the HIGH5 strengths assessment . By understanding your unique strengths and those of your team or organization, you can more effectively embody the qualities of an educational leader and create an environment that nurtures growth, collaboration, and collective success.

What is Educational Leadership? Definition & Meaning

Educational leaders have a unique perspective on growing, leading, and uniting those around them. In general, an educational leader is someone who organizes a group to serve the needs of all parties involved. To truly embody this role, it’s crucial to understand your own strengths and those of your team or organization. The HIGH5 strengths assessment can provide invaluable insights into these areas, enabling you to leverage individual and collective strengths more effectively. By identifying and capitalizing on your unique talents, you can create a more harmonious and productive environment where everyone can thrive.

They try to ensure that both mentors, students, employees, managers, and everyone involved in their organization feel safe and comfortable.

Educational leaders recognize that there is talent in everyone. Their job is to harness that talent, and not push their pupils beyond their comfort levels. However, they also ensure that students get the most out of their educational experience.

Educational leaders are willing to sacrifice their own time to contribute to this experience and make it extra special for students.

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Educational Leadership: Characteristics & Key Quality

Every leader has their own unique qualities. The same is true with all educational leaders. However, some traits make educational leaders stand out from the crowd.

One of these key characteristics is the willingness of educational leaders to share their methods with others, even what some may call “competition.”

If an educational knows there is an opportunity to help students, they will, regardless of whether it decreases their competitive advantage.

Pro Tip From HIGH5 To cultivate the key characteristics of an educational leader, such as encouraging growth and positivity, start by understanding your own strengths and those of your team using the HIGH5 strengths assessment . This knowledge can help you tailor your approach to individual needs, leveraging each person’s unique talents while also identifying areas for development. Additionally, celebrate small wins and progress, reinforcing a growth mindset and fostering a positive, collaborative environment.

List of 10 Qualities of Educational Leadership

Here are 10 key qualities of individuals who employ educational leadership:

  • Encourage open communication that takes students’ feelings into account
  • Places growth above criticism and often encourages positivity
  • Collaboration, even between “competition,” is used for the benefit of students
  • Communicates with parents and other staff members consistently
  • Uses a long-term cost and benefit analysis when making decisions
  • Solve problems as a team with everyone’s interests at heart
  • Passion for teaching and helping others as opposed to furthering their own goals
  • Community building through events and planning
  • Have a vision for growth and use a positive approach to developing strengths
  • Learn from their students and their own mistakes and stick by their team no matter what

Educational Leadership Examples

In the entrepreneurial world, educational leaders can bring a breath of fresh air to their teams. In contrast with more demanding and self-centered leadership types, such as the authoritarian style, they can help a team focus on their collective goals in a more gentle manner.

Additionally, they could propel a field forward with their insights and willingness to share information with others.

Surgeons, doctors, and other individuals can be educational leaders as well. This is especially true if one chooses to pursue academia.

Teaching residents requires the patience and family-centered approach that educational leaders utilize. Medical researchers can bring educational leadership into their labs by willingly shading information often and ensuring their young staff are comfortable.

If you want to see the best jobs for educational leaders, though, we have curated that list below.

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Best Jobs For Educational Leadership

As previously mentioned, there are many fields where educational leadership principles can help you succeed. However, some jobs are more common and well-suited to this leadership approach than others.

A few of the best jobs for educational leaders include:

  • medical researcher
  • physician in academia
  • superintendent
  • social worker

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Educational Leadership

There is no such thing as a perfect leadership approach. Every team is different. Having the same leadership type while working with different individuals typically yields dramatically different results.

So, it is important to find careers that align with your leadership style so you can communicate and lead your team in the most effective way possible.

List of 5 Pros of Educational Leadership

  • Promotes a positive view of the leader and ensures that team members are comfortable speaking to the leader
  • Takes a holistic approach to growth and ensures employees and students can recognize their strengths
  • Keeps the whole family involved in the individual’s learning (or even work)
  • Establishes an inclusive and supportive environment where people are free to be themselves and find creative ways to solve problems
  • Creates a sense of teamwork and sets goals that keep everyone united, not competing

List of 5 Cons of Educational Leadership

  • This can lead to some individuals taking advantage of the leader’s kindness and generosity
  • Takes more effort than simply focusing on school and/or work-life instead of having to include the family, too
  • Becoming too complacent with the way students are to ensure their feelings are not hurt; may not be able to provide the ‘push’ some pupils need
  • Resistance to change in their approach or their goals
  • Feeling too emotionally connected to students and/or employees to the point of depression or anxiety when they leave their grade or quit their job

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Who Is a Good Example of an Educational Leader?

Some of the most famous educational leaders in the world include:

  • Maria Montessori
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Erin Gruwell
  • Richard Weissbourd
  • Marva Collins
  • Jaime Escalante
  • Anne Sullivan
  • Albert Einstein

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5 Amazing Books That Encourage Educational Leadership Style

1. The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact by Michael Fullan

Principals play a key role in ensuring the school environment is safe, productive, and fair. Since it is an undoubtedly major position, learn from an experienced educator and administrator Michael Fullan. Fullan understands that the impact teachers have on their students reaches beyond the classroom.

He teaches you strategies to encourage growth at home, make sure your impact is positive, what makes a teacher successful, and develop strong bonds with your students.

2. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

In How Children Succeed, Paul Tough reveals how teachers can develop optimism, conscientiousness, and grit within their students. After pupils acquire these qualities, they can not only accomplish their academic goals (such as acquiring a high GPA or honors diploma) but also become a hard-working and curious individual for life.

3. What Works in Schools: Translating Research Into Action by Robert J. Marzano

Teachers are typically big fans of data. In this book, Robert Marzano lists a plethora of the most well done research answering the question: what type of teaching method works? When you see the data and insights, which are based on 35 years of research, you can implement the most effective strategies into your own teaching career. Then, you can ensure students are meeting their goals and being productive.

4. Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy by Gholdy Muhammad

Cultivating Genius reveals the many methods today’s top teachers use to keep students’ backgrounds and emotions in mind when discussing sensitive topics. Students deserve to know the truth about slavery and discrimination but do some in an age-appropriate manner.

Gholdy Muhammad shares insights on how to accomplish this. With these insights, students can learn to treat others with respect, be proud of their culture, and think critically about oppression in today’s world.

5. Lead Like a Pirate: Make School Amazing for Your Students and Staff by Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf

Lead Like a Pirate teaches school administrators and principals about ways to boost passion and enthusiasm in all staff members. This helps create the united, team-based approach that educational leaders truly care about. Plus, you will learn to use a positive mindset and build rapport, two bonus skills that will help you as a leader.

Frequently Asked Questions About Educational Leadership

What is the role of educational leadership.

Educational leaders are the bridge between their pupils and the pupil’s family. They want children to always be curious, learning, positive, kind, and persistent. This requires parents to also be involved in their child’s education.

Also, educational leaders guide and help their students. They are there for them when students are lonely, feel unincluded and need someone to talk to, or simply need some clarity on how to solve a problem.

How do you become a successful educational leader?

Success means something different every leader. However, educational leaders ultimately have very similar goals. They want the educational industry to serve and benefit students, which is done through innovation, inclusion, equity, a family-based approach, and so on.

Involve parents in helping their child learn at home. Speak to pupils one on one to show you care about them and answer any questions they may have.

Encourage diversity and include different perspectives in your lesson plan. And, to go above and beyond, try developing a technology that gives kids more access to education.

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Higher ed leaders can learn generative AI for free with this new course

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College administrators have many things that might keep them up at night. Artificial intelligence (AI) is without a doubt one of them.

In fact, just 23% of administrators and faculty at 4-year institutions say their school is prepared for AI-related changes.

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Coursera hopes to change these numbers—by educating university leaders the fundamentals of generative AI which is already being used by, and is affecting students and the workforce, plus how curriculum and university operations can be adapted to meet the times. In a Fortune exclusive, the education platform is announcing a new, free learning opportunity, “ Generative AI for University Leaders ,” to do just that.

The course is being taught by Jules White , professor of computer science at Vanderbilt University and features content from Coursera’s CEO, Jeff Maggioncalda .

Maggioncalda says schools must adapt quicker than they are now to avoid being left behind for good.

“AI might not replace faculty, but faculty using AI might replace faculty who do not,” Maggioncalda tells Fortune . “AI might not replace schools, but schools using AI may replace schools who do not.”

Why should university leaders pay more attention to AI?

The new course is structured into three modules and consists of a variety of videos, readings, and assignments. It also includes a lab walking administrator through exactly how ChatGPT and other generative AI tools can be used as a thought partner in updating curriculum or setting university policy and priorities. The course is designed for university leaders who are in a policy-setting position—whether that be a chancellor, president, dean, provost, or department head.

Maggioncalda explains in two large themes why any school leader should be paying more attention to generative AI:

  • Students are already way ahead of administrators
  • Business are expecting graduates to have the skills that you are not teaching today

He pointed to the fact that 93% of students in India are actively engaging with generative AI technology, and during last summer, ChatGPT saw slight declines in use —which may indicate that students are indeed relying on it during school time.

Moreover, 66% of business leaders say they wouldn’t hire someone without AI skills and 71% would prefer to hire someone with AI skills versus a more experienced candidate without them, according to a study by Microsoft and LinkedIn .

Maggioncalda similarly released a course earlier this year focused on teaching CEOs the ins-and-outs of generative AI .

Shifting ChatGPT anxieties

When ChatGPT first exploded, one of the biggest concerns was that education was going to be changed forever because of the ability for students to cheat easier, but White says that missed the point and undersold the value of the technology. However, Maggioncalda notes a lot of the anxiety has shifted from around cheating to exactly how big the AI transformations will be.

“We’re gonna have to change what our students are being taught so that they have these new skills, but at the same time, it’s going to affect faculty, and how in this creates all these new amazing opportunities for how we go and create content,” White explains.

Embracing and understanding how to use AI is largely important, he adds. Hence his other major rodeo when it comes to teaching on Coursera: White’s Prompt Engineering for ChatGPT course was the second-most popular on all of Coursera in 2023. 

White, who also serves as senior advisor to Vanderbilt’s chancellor on generative AI in education, says that most universities are still struggling when it comes to striking a balance of acceptable AI use in the classroom, admissions process, and even research.

This can be seen as a red flag for higher education based on the fact that a study conducted by professors at Princeton, UPenn, and NYU found that 14 of the 20 occupations most exposed to AI language modeling are all postsecondary teachers. 

“No other job category has seen the incremental increase in impact than educators. And they’re gonna have to educate everybody else on how to do all their jobs differently,” Maggioncalda says—adding that the world will be looking at educators to lead the rest of the world in tackling the AI transformation.

“Educators have to lead the way,” he concludes.

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