Much of what the students and teachers at Courtenay Middle School did to integrate technology into curricular areas was hidden from the community at large. Students accomplished challenging and completed exceptional work involving technology, which was often celebrated, evaluated, and quietly forgotten.
We were so proud of the work that students and teachers did with technology at the school that we organized a Technology in Education Exposition, which showcased student work, had students teach technology skills to community members, and resulted in a very positive community event.
We began organizing this large-scale event five months in advance, and during the organization I had the fascinating experience of transitioning from being the originator and leader of the event to a simple resource for the team of coordinators and the students running events.
About one month prior to the event, the nine coordinators were no longer coming to me for advice in their areas; rather, they would talk to me only to keep me informed.
Our meetings transformed from me chairing the meetings and making sure everything was up to speed, to me doing very little talking and a lot of listening. Although I have had innumerable leadership experiences, this was by far the most gratifying, for