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.

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.


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