CHAPTER 8. Instructional Leadership for the Digital Age

Flipped Book Study: Watch before reading to enhance your learning.

Audio Outtakes: Supercharge your book study with these shareable chapter-by-chapter audio clips with colorful commentary. Connect with Brad to schedule him to join your book study or university class "live" on Skype, GHO, or Voxer.

Water Cooler Questions:


  1. What is our vision for effective instruction? Is it a shared vision?

  2. How does pedagogical precision apply to instructional leadership?

  3. How might we apply innovation to help all students learn?

Additional Listening/Viewing:


  • Instructional Leadership: A riveting reflection of instructional leadership to drive student success through the 20% principle.

  • This is Not a TestWhat does this poetic and passionate plea communicate to school leaders, and how do we move to the vision that Vilson describes in this three minute video?  

Additional Blog Posts:



You can't support teachers if you aren't in their classrooms! This blog post packs a punch...and some practical ideas to enhance your instructional leadership.


Improving practice and introducing innovation...all in a day's work!



The ideas and pictures in this post are underpinned by a 21st century pedagogy. Classroom design is a critical component of instruction.

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Dr. Brad Gustafson is an elementary principal, author, and speaker. He believes schools can be spaces where creativity and innovation thrive, but only when we prioritize relationships and a relevant, connected pedagogy. 


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This TED-inspired talk introduces a real-life renegade, and unpacks the basic tenants of a digital-age pedagogy.



Personalize your learning and double-down on your leadership! Complete at least one of the mini challenges at the end of each chapter to earn your Renegade Leadership badge.

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Additional Books:


  • Redesigning Learning Spaces (2016) by Robert Dillon, Ben Gilpin, and A.J. Juliani

  • Visible Learning (2008) by John Hattie

  • Invent to Learn (2013) by Gary Stager and Sylvia Libow Martinez

  • The Space (2016) by Rebecca Louise Hare and Dr. Robert Dillon

Double-Down Challenge:


Personalize your learning by selecting from mini-challenges at the conclusion of each chapter. Most chapters offer at least two different options to personalize your learning. Choose the mini-challenge that you would like to 'double-down' on, and then click HERE to track your progress on the Worlds of Learning digital badging platform.

  • Challenge 8.1: Common Practices

To what degree is a common frame work for effective teaching in place at your school? What practices do you believe are core elements of instruction? Create a list and converse with staff to verify that everyone is on the same page.

  • Challenge 8.2: Transform a Space with Precision and Innovation

Apply innovation and pedagogical precision to transform a space in your school. How might you involve others in the process?

  • Challenge 8.3: Leadership for ALL Students

Prepare to participate in a courageous conversation pertaining to diversity. What questions will you ask when the opportunity arises? Increase staff capacity and empathy through literature. You might start a book study or introduce picture books like Sarabeth deNeui did.