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Eric Sheninger
Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement.

His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures. As a result Eric has emerged as an innovative leader, best selling author, and sought after speaker. His main focus is purposeful integration of technology to facilitate student learning, improve communications with stakeholders, enhance public relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunity, transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally.

Eric has received numerous awards and acknowledgements for his work. He is a CDE Top 30 award recipient, Bammy Award winner, NASSP Digital Principal Award winner, PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient, winner of Learning Forward's Excellence in Professional Practice Award, Google Certified Innovator, Adobe Education Leader, and ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar. He has authored and co-authored Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times,
Communicating and Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals, andWhat Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science

He has also contributed on education for the Huffington Post, co-created the Edscape Conference, sits on the FEA Board of Directors, and was named to the NSBA "20 to Watch" list in 2010 for technology leadership. TIME Magazine also identified Eric as having one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds in 2014. He now presents and speaks nationally to assist other school leaders embrace and effectively utilize technology. His blog, A Principal's Reflections, was selected as Best School Administrator Blog in 2013 and 2011 by Edublogs. It was also recognized with an Editor’s Choice Content Award in 2014 by Smartbrief Education. Learn more about Eric's work at

Entries by Eric Sheninger

Titles Don't Make Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 9:48 AM

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

I hear all the time that real change in education can only come from the adults that have a specific title such as Board of Education member,...

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Great Leaders Stand Out

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 1:01 PM

"Great leaders don't succeed because they are great. They succeed because they bring out greatness in others." - Jon Gordon

What makes a great leader? There is no shortage of advice on the characteristics, qualities, and attributes that make up a great leader. Leadership is a choice and...

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Why Developing a Brand Presence Matters

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 11:00 PM

Here is a reality check for everyone that does not believe in the value of branding in education. Your brand is what stakeholders and others say about you as well as your district/school. Trish Rubin opened my eyes up to the concept of BrandED way back in 2009....

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Your Digital Footprint Matters

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 7:30 AM

"Your digital footprint paints a portrait of who you are as an educator, leader, school, or district. Make sure it conveys your true values and work." - Eric Sheninger

In the age where billions of people have taken both their personal and professional lives online you better be cognizant of...

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It's Not a Technology Issue

(4) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 1:02 PM

Technology still gets a bad rap in many education circles. Perception and lack of information influence the decision making process. This ends up resulting in the formation of rules and policies that severely restrict or prohibit student use of mobile technology and social media as tools to support and/or enhance...

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Plan Before You Buy EdTech

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 12:54 PM

"Unless you get instructional design right, technology can only increase the speed and certainty of failure" - William Horton

As budgets expand or money becomes available at the end of a school year, the knee jerk reaction of many schools is to go all in and spend it as quickly...

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The Need for More Leaders and Less Bosses

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 5:53 PM

"Leaders care about why things get done. Bosses just want things to get done. Bosses maintain order for the sake of order. Leaders introduce order for the sake of progress." - Akshay Kapur

Do you work for a boss or with a leader? Are you a boss or a...

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Teachers Deserve Better

(12) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 5:47 PM

In case you haven't noticed the education profession has been under attack as of late. The brunt of these attacks has been aimed at the very professionals who are tasked with positively impacting the lives of children each and every day - our teachers. In my mind education is the...

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If School Leaders Don't Get It, It's Not Going to Happen

(3) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 4:28 PM

Schools across the country are plagued by a bunker mentality when it comes to leadership. Conformity, compliance, maintaining the status quo, and enforcing rules reign supreme. In the end it all comes down to the actions of leaders. So the other day I tweeted out this comment, "I am amazed...

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How Social Media Changed Everything

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 5:28 PM

I was just like ever other principal on the planet prior to becoming connected. My narrow focus was on sustaining a school culture focused on rules, compliance, conformity, and preserving the status quo. The end goal was to make sure standardized test scores increased (or at least didn't go down)...

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Schools Need to Work Better for Kids than Adults

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 4:26 PM

The world is changing, but many schools are not. Are the needs of our learners being met, and will they be prepared to succeed in this world? When I think about this question my own child comes to mind. My son, Nicholas, is your typical child growing up in the...

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Education Reform Is Destroying Childhood as We Know It

(70) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 2:39 PM

When I reflect on my childhood nothing but fond memories come to mind. Growing up in a rural part of western New Jersey sure had its benefits in the 1980s. Upon returning home from White Township Consolidated School (K-8) my brothers and I would complete our assigned homework in less...

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Control Will Be the Demise of Education

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 9:42 AM

For over a century, the industrial model of education did a fantastic job of preparing students for careers. Those careers are no longer relevant in today's rapidly changing world. With obvious remnants of this system still in place, new changes are being pushed through under the guise of education reform....

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The Moments and People That Shape Us

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 1:41 PM

I knew early on in my education career that I wanted to be an administrator. The predominant reason for this was that I wanted to at least attempt to be a fraction of the leader that my father was. My father was an elementary principal for 30 years and I...

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Essential Elements of Effective Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 3:48 PM

Effective leadership is essential for any organization and school to be successful. Great leaders are always critically analyzing ways in which he/she can improve in order to achieve an array of goals. This is especially the case in education where strong and bold leadership is needed during this tumultuous time....

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Testing for What?

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 5:50 PM

NJ Spotlight is a fantastic resource for me. They are unbiased in their approach to educate citizens on numerous topics, with education being one of them. I recently came across an opinion piece titled Putting New Jersey's High School Diplomas to the Test. The article focused...

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Fixing a Broken System

(5) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 8:23 PM

We can all agree that professional development is essential in any profession, especially education. It is an opportunity to become better at what we do as well as gain knowledge on new pedagogical techniques, learning theories, leadership strategies, technologies, and federal/state mandates. With budgets being continuously slashed across the country,...

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Personalizing Learning Is the Key to Engagement and Achievement

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 6:50 PM

Around this time last year I received what I thought was an odd request. Juliana Meehan, a teacher from a neighboring district, contacted me and asked if I would agree to mentor her as part of her training to become an administrator as part of the NJ EXCEL program. Now...

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The Runaway Train

(4) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 11:45 AM

As the end of the school year draws near, the education reform rhetoric is heating up. This means states like New Jersey and New York are closer to implementing new teacher evaluation systems as a result of Race to the Top, NCLB waivers, and other mandates...

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The Device Conundrum

(5) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 4:15 PM

As we continue to advance in the digital age schools and districts are beginning to re-think pedagogy and learning environments by instituting either 1:1 device programs or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives. In my opinion, schools that wish to create the most relevant and meaningful learning culture will go...

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