The MACUL Shift
In case you have not heard, MACUL has restructured how it is supporting Michigan educators. Instead of having many Special Interest Groups (SIGs), there are now four Learning Areas (LA’s): Tech for All, Tech for Tomorrow, Tech in Education, and Tech Leadership. Each LA has a representative team of educators working to provide resources and learning opportunities to people in and beyond the state.
Who We Are
The Tech Leadership team is comprised of building principals, instructional technology specialists, and tech directors. Our mission is to provide support to district and school tech leaders through information, learning experiences, and networking. Basically, we want to connect people and share what is useful to all.
What We Are Doing
One way we are spreading the word is through innovator spotlights at statewide conferences (eg: MASA Fall Conference). These showcase how schools can shift structures to empower students and help them build the skills needed to thrive. We also created a course that coaches and other tech leaders can use to improve their work. It’s called Staying Organized and Optimized with Tech, and you can find it at this Edupaths link.
At the MACUL conference in March, we will be hosting multiple workshops that pertain to areas of tech leadership: MSBO Tech Leadership, Leading Through Coaching, G Suite Admin, and more. These will be in-depth and practical for attendees. Registration is coming soon.
We look forward to this work and to the other possibilities that are out there. If you want to connect with us, or if you have questions, go to our MACUL page. You can also find more information, contact info, and see what we look like. Hopefully we will see you where we go.
Author: Craig Steenstra is an Educational Technology Consultant at Kent ISD in Grand Rapids, He is a Google Certified Trainer, and he would enjoy talking to you.