Update: Education Thought Leaders, The Response
My post about education thought leaders asked a sincere question and generated several sincere responses -- many of them on Twitter. The gist semed to be that there are lots of folks who qualify as thought leaders, whether or not I or others know about them or think of them that way (or even know their names): @TheJLV, @irasocol, @chrislehmann, @samchaltain, @DTWillingham, @OlsonKirsten, @TeachMoore.
For me, the key is someone who can see multiple sides of an issue, acknowledg and weigh them all, and come to an interesting, ideally thought-provoking interpretation. There was some disagreement about whether it was more important to be thoughtful or to be a leader, and about what leader means, anyway. I was intending it in the simple, crude sense of having developed or being in the process of developing large numbers of followers, but I've been told that's not so important.
In any case, some folks to consider paying more attention to, perhaps. Happy Friday everyone.