Scenario

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A school has invested in the Accelerated Reader program but is not seeing improvements in reading achievement.

Strategist:

#AR is not working in our school. Can we fix it or should we scrap it? http://goo.gl/K6JuE6

Expert:

#WWC @WhatWorksED reports #AR has “no discernible effects” on reading achievement. http://goo.gl/FaFx5V 

 The strategist encourages inquiry into the effectiveness of the program in question by providing a link to a blog post listing 18 researched based reasons not to use Accelerated Reader. The expert’s tweet also provides data to show the ineffectiveness of the program but does not seek to elicit conversations about the program.

 

Scenario

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The teachers at a school are resistant to implementing the new technologies (Smart Boards) provided for them.

Opportunist:

Superintendent is visiting today - make me look good by showing off those SmartBoards!

Strategist:

Not sure how to best use your Smart Board? Check out these free webinars: http://goo.gl/AnSvw

 In this scenario, the opportunist views technology as a means of making him or herself look better in the eyes of the superintendent while the strategist focuses on encouraging teachers to seek out information that can guide and improve the integration of technology into their classrooms with the hopes of creating positive transformations.

 

Scenario

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Teachers will now have to spend one of their lunch periods in the lunchroom during the week to offset cuts to lunchroom personnel.

Achiever:

Changes in personnel have made it necessary to require teachers to take on extra lunch duties. See me for your lunch partner and schedule.

Individualist:

Teachers are now required to spend a lunch period on duty. I know it’s not fun, but I’ll be there with you! #greatergood

 The achiever in this scenario has established a plan for compensating for the loss in personnel and get right to the point. They have set up a plan for meeting these needs including teacher teams and a duty schedule. The individualist also addresses this problem, but is more empathetic towards the teachers, realizing that they may not enjoy this new responsibility.

 

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A school is debating whether or not to hold the annual school carnival. It is a successful fundraiser, but is hard to plan and lacks volunteers

Diplomat:

Not sure how I feel about the carnival. We’ve always done it, but it’s a lot of work – what do you think?

Expert:

Profits from our fall fundraiser exceeded the carnival revenues – why not try a spring fundraiser instead? #smarternotharder

In this scenario, the diplomat does not take a stance on the carnival issue. They recognize both sides of the debate and call on their staff for suggestions. The expert, on the other hand, recalls data to back up the argument against continuing the carnival.

 

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A school has a large number of ESL students but lacks funding for assistive technologies

Alchemist:

No funding for ESL? I don’t think so! Found some great grant opportunities! See me for help with your submissions.   http://goo.gl/clHcUW

Opportunist:

Select one of the following grant opportunities, submit copies of your submissions by Monday, no excuses http://goo.gl/clHcUW

 The alchemist tweet is written in a friendly tone and encourages interaction. They are a part of the process rather than acting as a dictator. It is clear that the teachers are expected to submit a grant request, but not in a bossy or intimidating tone. A leader that makes him or herself a part of the school community creates an environment with shared goals and ideals. The opportunist, on the other hand, is much less congenial. They are demanding of their subordinates and are concerned only with the final outcome rather than being involved in the process.