This fall I will be creating an implementing a 360-degree survey to receive feedback on my performance as a technology director for Byron Public Schools. I originally looked at using Marzano’s District Leadership Evaluation tool. I have to admit, as a technology director, I had a hard time identifying with this tool and found that it would require quite a bit of word-smithing to make it applicable to my job. I also wanted to be completely transparent with my goals and professional growth this year. For me, that meant using my blog as a place to publish my goals, measurements, artifacts, and reflections of work. Instead of putting this behind a locked site, for only me and my Superintendent to see – my ePortfolio would be completely public. (Thanks @gcouros for the inspiration!)
Why? I want to become a better leader in my field. Putting my growth information behind a locked site for only a few to see is not going to give me the feedback I need to grow. Making this decision is not easy… I am putting myself “out there” for criticism. However, having a growth mindset, I am ready to take that criticism and grow from it. (Do I have reservations/fears about this – you better believe it!)
I began looking for an evaluation framework for the tech director role. Two sites immediately surfaced that I felt did a fairly good job to possibly measure what I bring to Byron’s table.
- ISTE Admin Tech Standards (I also like some of the coaching standards – especially teaching, learning, assessment)
- COSN’s Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO
At first glance, the COSN framework is quite comprehensive and has many strands/sub-strands. Essentially, it takes the tech directors position (they call it chief technology officer or CTO) and break it down to bits. My concern in using this as a tool for myself and others – it’s too big. If I were to create a survey tool from this framework – it would take too long for my end users(who are giving me feedback) to complete. I also found that I was more inspired to use ISTE’s standards. It was much shorter and I could really see areas where I could grow and become a better LEADER. I am going to co/mingle some of the frameworks/standards.
My goal is to create 1 survey and seek feedback from staff, district leadership/board, peers, and key vendors. I do not want to create a survey for each audience type. I want the survey to be short and sweet with some open ended areas for feedback/suggestions. I am planning on using the following scale. (click this link to provide feedback on the scale)
Need your advice! I have created a doc to collect overall feedback from you. Note, the ePortfolio section at the top right of this blog. I am just starting to build that out and could use your help. What am I missing? What resources do you have to share? Do you have any comments/advice?