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Digital Leadership

Digital Leadership
Changing Paradigms for Changing Times

Second Edition
  • Eric Sheninger - International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)

Foreword by Sugata Mitra, A Joint Publication With ICLE

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April 2019 | 288 pages | Corwin

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Lead for efficacy in these disruptive times!

Just as the digital landscape is constantly evolving, the second edition of Digital Leadership moves past trends and fads to focus on the essence of leading innovative change in education now and in the future. As society and technology evolve at what seems a dizzying pace, the demands on leaders are changing as well. With a greater emphasis on leadership dispositions, this revamped edition also features

  • New structure and organization emphasizing the interconnectivity of the Pillars of Digital Leadership to drive sustainable change
  • Innovative strategies and leadership practices that enhance school culture and drive learning improvement
  • Updated vignettes from digital leaders who have successfully implemented the included strategies
  • New online resources, informative graphics, and end of chapter guiding questions

Now is the time to embrace innovation, technology, and flexibility to create a learning culture that provides students with 21st century critical competencies! 

Interested in having Eric join you and your team for a virtual book study?

If you order 200 or more copies of Digital Leadership, 2nd edition, Eric will lead a 5-week synchronous book club via Zoom or Google Hangouts for your team members.

Here’s how it works:
- Purchase at least 200 copies of Digital Leadership, 2nd edition.
- Send Eric your receipt, PO, or other proof of purchase:
- Eric will respond to coordinate the details for your book study.
- Contact Eric Sheninger at with any questions.

About the Author
A Day in the Life of a Digital Leader
Chapter 1: How the Learning Landscape Has Changed
The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Technology and Society

A New Learner


Guiding Questions

Chapter 2: A Compelling Case for Change
A School Leader’s New Path Forward

Excuses Hold Us Back

You Get What You Model

Embrace Innovation

Bold Ideas for a Bold New World

Grow Into a Digital Leader


Guiding Questions

Chapter 3: Leading Sustainable Change
The Journey of a Practitioner

Unearthing the Secrets of Change

The Process of Change

Overcoming Potential Roadblocks to Change

Moving Large Change Efforts Forward


Guiding Questions

Chapter 4: Leading Through a Digital Lens
A Superintendent’s Journey

Be in the Driver’s Seat

The Pillars of Digital Leadership

ISTE Standards for Educational Leaders

Future Ready Schools


Guiding Questions

Chapter 5: Improving Student Engagement, Learning, and Outcomes
School Should Reflect Real Life

How Research Should Guide the Work

Improving Pedagogy with a Learner-Focused Mindset and Framework

Moving from Teaching to Empowered Learning

A Pedagogical Foundation for Digital Tools

Rigorous and Relevant Learning as the Standard

Digital Learning in Action

A Focus on Critical Competencies

Digital Citizenship and Responsibility


Guiding Questions

Chapter 6: Transforming Learning Spaces and Environments
Clark Hall––A Creative Learning Environment

Designing Schools to Engage and Drive Learning


Devices for All (1:1)

Improving Access With BYOD

Blended Learning Versus Blended Instruction

Individualized and Personalized Learning


Guiding Questions

Chapter 7: Professional Growth and Learning
A Shift in Professional Learning

The Rise of Social Media as a Tool for Growth in Professional Practice

Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)

Connectedness as the Standard

The Professional Growth Period

Why Every Leader Needs a PLN


Guiding Questions

Chapter 8: Communication
No Better Time Than Now

Trailblazers Modeling the Way

Engage Stakeholders Using a Multifaceted Approach


Guiding Questions

Chapter 9: Public Relations
A District Forges a New Path

Tell Your Story

We Need More Stories of Success


Guiding Questions

Chapter 10: Branding
A Move to BrandED Thinking

Two Conversations Around BrandED Thinking

Why a BrandED Mindset Matters

The Right Hashtag


Guiding Questions

Chapter 11: Discovering Opportunity
Strategic Partnerships


Leveraging Social Media

The Interconnectedness of the Pillars of Digital Leadership


Guiding Questions

Chapter 12: Leading for Efficacy
A Shining Example: Wells Elementary School

A Push for Efficacy


Guiding Questions

Online Resources


Sheninger’s Digital Leadership, second edition is straight from the heart of practice and it shows. Well advanced and consolidated from the first edition, more than anyone else Sheninger has integrated technology, learning, and change leadership. The seven pillars of learning are comprehensive. Leadership for quality implementation is captured beautifully. And the prominent positioning of efficacy and competencies nails impact. Digital Leadership is comprehensive for educators who want to advance learning with the latest know-how.

Michael Fullan, Author, Professor Emeritus
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

If you were not an inspired leader and advocate for technology before reading this book you will be by the end of it. As technology advances and becomes a way of being for students, Eric challenges school leaders not only to keep up but to excel. The book is thought provoking, encouraging, and most important practical for today’s leaders.

Dr. Russell J. Quaglia, Author, Executive Director
Quaglia Institute for School Voice & Aspirations

I’m glad to see that Sheninger revisits Digital Leadership for a second time. There is great value in the fact that Eric looked at this topic through a lens of efficacy during this revisit. He focuses on the fact that it’s not that educators are resistant to technology, but that they often don’t have the confidence to keep up with the changing nature of it all, and Eric presents us all with a way to do that.

Peter DeWitt, Author, Consultant

Digital Leadership is quite simply a tour de force of a book. It is timely, relevant, and essential reading for those leading educational change within a fast and furious digital world. The book is fundamentally about learning and pedagogy rather than software or hardware. It is a manifesto for change in a digital age and is fundamentally concerned with using technology to enhance the learning outcomes and life chances of all students. It is a must read!

Professor Alma Harris, Head of the School of Education
Swansea University, UK

This book will equip leaders to model the skills, competencies, and pillars of Digital Leadership like never before. One of the biggest misnomers of this generation is the idea that leadership is an act of knowing. The thing that’s truly missing in many schools is modeling. Sheninger’s Digital Leadership (2nd Edition) tackles the leadership gap head on by moving leaders from knowing the way to showing the way.

Dr. Brad Gustafson, Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Digital Innovation in Learning Award Winner, and National Distinguished Principal

There can be a perceived hysteria when it comes to integrating technology into education, especially from a leadership perspective. As an administrator, I know how full our plate already is. This book helps simplify what YOU can do as a leader on your campus or in your district. The problem is our students today crave an environment that we struggle to provide. Sheninger provides a calming, thoughtful framework in Digital Leadership. Educators of all levels will benefit to his unlocking of a “solution” that combines where most districts are and where we should all strive to be. It is full of sound, relevant information that guides strategic thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and decision making—all to the benefit of the ones we serve. There are plenty of people lining up to offer up problems when it comes to how to lead in this digitally focused era, thankfully, we have Digital Leadership to help offer solutions.

Amber Teamann, Principal
Whitt Elementary, Wylie, TX

I’m thrilled that Eric decided to put out a second edition of Digital Leadership. Since the first edition’s release back in 2014, we’ve seen changes in the digital landscape due to advances in technology. As school leaders, we must continue to adapt to these shifts in order to lead sustainable and meaningful change in our schools. As a highly acclaimed educator, leader, writer and speaker, Eric has dedicated his career to providing pedagogical frameworks, practical ideas, and real life examples that he has gathered from practitioners in the schools in which he serves. Regardless of your role in schools, I am confident you will find this second edition applicable to your work and inspire you to want to shift your practices as you continue to evolve as an educator.

Jimmy Casas, Educator, Author, Speaker, Leadership Coach

The role of a leader isn’t to tell others what to do. It’s to show them what they can become. The world of education doesn’t change annually, it changes daily. The digital connection to how we lead is an ever-changing landscape and one all leaders need to knows how to navigate. Creating leadership capacity in others moves the whole system. Eric Sheninger not only provides a pathway to get there, but he also provides the connections to move forward. The intersection of ISTE standards, Future Ready Frameworks, and organizational change makes this a must read for leaders in a changing world.

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo, Author and Superintendent
Fall Creek School District, ICLE Most Innovative District 2016-2017

Five years ago, Eric Sheninger cemented the importance of digital leadership at all levels of a school district. In the time since the first book’s release, the 4th industrial revolution has continued to accelerate changes on the outside of the school walls. To remain relevant throughout this evolution, school leaders must work to create the learning experiences today’s modern learners need to thrive in their future workforce. In this second edition, Sheninger solidifies his leadership pillars, through a refined underpinning of evidence and research, to ensure efficacy and deeper learning experiences, while avoiding the low level fluff that has pervaded the education space. If you want to ensure a return on instruction and work to create schools that are future ready, this book will be a foundational support for your journey.

Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation
Future Ready Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education

Eric Sheninger has done it again! As I read through the second edition of Digital Leadership, it was clear to me that the title of the book alone tells a very “compelling story.” Eric is not one who simply studied digital leadership and then started consulting on it—he walked digital leadership for years as a highly successful principal. He literally led his school digitally and resultantly the school experienced tremendous success. Through Digital Leadership, he has taken those strategies and infused them into this invaluable second edition. If you  are in school leadership and you are looking for proven strategies toward successfully incorporating technology into your academic program, the second edition of Digital Leadership is your resource.

Principal Baruti Kafele, Education Speaker, Consultant, Author
Key features

After reading this book which is laid out in full color for ease of use and reading, you will be able to:

  • Identify obstacles to change and specific solutions to overcome them in order to transform teaching, learning, and leadership in the digital age
  • Work smarter, not harder, by aligning a digital-leaning mindset to leadership practices to enhance school culture and improve stakeholder relations
  • Leverage the digital resources and personalized pathways to grow professionally like never before
  • Readily implement practical digital leadership strategies aligned to research and proven in action through practitioner vignettes.

This book is also notable for a Foreword by Sugata Mitra


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