Contemporary leadership portrayals highlight the importance of how leaders influence those around them (Leithwood et al, 1999; Northouse, 2010; Spillane, 2006; Yukl, 2010). From a social influence perspective, leadership can be considered to be any activities that attempt to influence the knowledge, practice and motivation of other organizational members in the service of the organization’s core work (Spillane, 2006). Within the context of the schoolhouse, school leaders are seen as ‘‘those persons, occupying various roles in the school, who work with others to provide direction and who exert influence on persons and things in order to achieve the school’s goal” (Leithwood and Riehl, 2003, p. 9). Thus, by exerting influence in the service of school/educational goals
preservice teachers deserved to be considered leaders.
The use of social media has made finding examples of leadership influence much easier for researchers and potential followers alike. In fact, this is the basis of tech-enabled leadership:
Tech-enabled leadership can be defined as leadership that take advantage of the
In a very short period of time the preservice teachers in Brock's EdTech Cohort have capitalized on the benefits of using technology to exert leadership influence. While it is to be expected that these teacher candidates would influence their peers, what has been notable is how the scale of their leadership influence has left the confines of Brock's teacher education program to influence the knowledge, practice or motivation of educators outside of the program.
Following the blog and Twitter feeds of the EdTech Cohort in addition to their educational technology videos available on YouTube highlights their collective contribution to enhancing educator professional knowledge. More importantly, a careful examination of the blog comments and retweets from educators not associated with the teacher education program provides encouraging evidence that these preservice teachers have influenced the knowledge, practice or motivation of other educators.
While I began this blog post with the goal of drawing attention to the leadership influence of preservice teachers, what I find
I look forward to watching them learn and grow and you can too. To see these leaders in