Prior to the 2008-2009 school year, the technology resource teacher (TRT) community knowledge-base was distributed across a variety of electronic resources, including Blackboard, server shares, district web pages, email, computer hard drives, and a performance database. The information remained in isolation, and the existing resources did not reflect the massive collection of knowledge and expertise within the TRT community.
After only 6 months as a TRT in the spring of 2005, I proposed the use of wiki technology to collect and consolidate our diverse resources. This proposal evolved into The Grove, our TRT community knowledge-base. Even though I consider The Grove to be my personal best leadership example, this project management experience remains an incredible opportunity to recognize my limitations as a leader and still encourages me to become more visible, flexible, and supportive to my colleagues.
It wasn't enough just to be inspired by an idea. Timing and audience can sometimes mean everything. My TRT supervisor singularly declined my request and suggested the use of another technology. A broader audience presented itself in the fall of 2007 when I was elected to the TRT advisory committee and was able to present my idea once again. The advisory committee, composed of both elementary and secondary TRTs, staff development trainers, the instructional technology supervisor, the director of instructional services, and the TRT supervisor, readily accepted the use of a wiki and suggested necessary features. I was declared the project manager and began the task of choosing a cost effective product meeting the needs of the community as established by advisory.
After extensive research, I suggested a first open-sourc...
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...elements of great managing as determined by Gallop, all members of the committee in the end were focused on delivering quality work, everyone knew what was expected, opinions were recognized, and progress was our goal. I personally felt my opinion mattered and all our efforts were in line with our professional mission.
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