We are pleased to announce that Dr. Scott McLeod will be joining us via Skype on Thursday to discuss the challenges of envisioning a future we can not know. A huge thank you to Scott for sharing his extensive expertise with us!

For those of you that don’t know, Scott, here is his bio:

Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading academic experts on K-12 school technology leadership issues. Dr. McLeod is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens).

In 2003 Dr. McLeod and his CASTLE co-director, Dr. Joan Hughes, created the country’s first graduate program designed to prepare technology-savvy school leaders. Since then he has worked with a number of corporate and organizational partners to move schools into the 21st century. Partners and supporters of CASTLE’s work have included MicrosoftIBM, the National School Boards Association, theNational Association of Secondary School Principals, the International Society for Technology in Education, the Consortium for School Networking, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation. In addition to his technology leadership work, Dr. McLeod has helped numerous school organizations survive and thrive in today’s data-driven accountability environment.

Dr. McLeod’s honors include being named as a Leader in Learning by the cable industry; an Emerging Leader by Phi Delta Kappa International; and one of the National School Board Association’s 20 To Watch. He was the first untenured faculty member to ever receive the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Along with his co-author, Dr. Michelle Young, he received the William J. Davis Award in 2002 for the best research article of the year in Educational Administration Quarterly. In 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and was recognized as a technology innovator by the Center for Digital Education.

Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously IrrelevantMind Dump, and Education Recoded and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He also just completed his first book, What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media.