The teacher’s role in creating schools that work for students

As a longtime high school principal, I see education as one of the noblest of professions that creates a pathway to virtually all other professions. This notion places our teachers at the forefront of molding young minds into the next generation of doers, thinkers, creators, leaders, and entrepreneurs.

The world has changed since I was in school. Students can now connect and engage like never before with technology. They are digital learners. They can be curious and innovative if we create the right environment, and teachers have the opportunity to be the leaders in making this happen.

We need to encourage and empower teachers to be leaders in creating this free-range learning environment that students want to be a part of, where they’re engaged and they see the meaning of what they’re learning.

In the below video, I discuss what it takes to create this atmosphere in schools, and how to give students the freedom and autonomy to learn. We need to encourage and empower teachers to be leaders in creating this free-range learning environment that students want to be a part of, where they’re engaged and they see the meaning of what they’re learning. I’ve seen the power of this firsthand.

Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and Scholastic Achievement Partners (SAP). He also maintains a presence as a practitioner by serving as the K-12 Director of Technology and Innovation in the Spotswood School District (NJ). You can follow Eric on Twitter @E_Sheninger.