'An excellent resource for principals-especially new principals. It will definitely help them establish their vision for techlogy in their schools. I read the book in one sitting' - Kim Leblanc, Region V Techlogy Resource Specialist, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, Louisiana 'An invaluable resource to practicing school leaders, students in school leader preparation programs, and professors of school leadership' - Neil J Shipman, Clinical Associate Professor, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 'Illustrates that techlogy leadership is t about bells and whistles, but about curriculum and instructional leadership' - John Artis, Assistant Superintendent, Upper Arlington City Schools, Ohio 'Theodore Creighton does a wonderful job exploring the complexities of techlogy in schools' - Vicki Barnett, Course Instructor ITT Technical Institute, Florida The Principal as Techlogy Leader is a comprehensive examination of the ways in which administrators and school leaders can support and plan effective techlogy programmes for both students and teachers. Author Theodore Creighton provides a very detailed explanation and specific plan design to help school principals and other educational leaders become managers and facilitators of successful applications of techlogy in schools. He argues for the need of a conceptual kwledge of how techlogies can restructure education, as opposed to the superficial focus on hardware and software programmes mopolizing schools today. The Principal as Techlogy Leader explores issues of planning for techlogy and staff development, administrative support for techlogy programs that will truly enhance education, and techlogy implementation that improves student achievement, as well as examines what ineffective programmes look like and why techlogy programmes fail. The final chapter presents an implementation model specifically targeted to assist mirity students and others with special learning needs.
Theodore B. Creighton is currently a Professor and Program Leader in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech. Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, he served as Director of the Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University and as a Professor in Educational Leadership at Idaho State University. His background includes teaching at all grade levels in Washington, D.C.; Cleveland, Ohio; and Los Angeles, California. His administrative experience includes serving as principal and superintendent in both Fresno and Kern Counties, California. He holds a BS degree in teacher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in educational administration from California State University Long Beach, and a doctorate from the University of California Davis. Though active in many professional organizations, he devotes considerable time to his role as Executive Director of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. He also serves as a member of the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA), and as a Stafford Faculty Fellow for the National Institute on Leadership, Disabilities and Students Placed at Risk (NILDSPAR). He recently was appointed as Project Director of the Connexions Knowledge Base Project, an international initiative in collaboration with Rice University charged with assembling the knowledge base in educational administration. His research includes examining the forces of the school principalship, and he is widely published in the area of schools with alternative forms of school leadership.