The term “lead learner” is something that has been thrown around a lot lately, although it has been term used since at least the 1980’s (if not earlier). Although some use it to replace their official title, I have argued that there should be more than one “lead learner” in any organization, whether it is the school or the district level. It is kind of like using the term “administrator” and “leader” interchangeably; one is fact, yet the other is dependent upon how others see you. You are not a leader if no one is following, no matter your title or position.
From the post discussing there should be more than one “Lead Learner”:
Should the principal/superintendent still openly share their learning? Absolutely. With technology now, that is easier than ever, but note I used the term “model” their learning. Administrators have been learning forever but it was hard to communicate and share their learning on an ongoing basis. That being said, there is a difference between a “leader that learns” and a “lead learner”, as one creates the notion that there is a “top learner”, where we should create an environment that in organizations, both inside and outside, learning by all is essential to success.