The other night, I had a conversation with a superintendent and principal from another school district about all of their administrators and many of their teachers being on twitter. We talked about being on twitter and how they have all grown as professionals. We talked about the advantages of all of them being connected. We talked about the process of getting others to be connected through twitter and how some people are hesitant while others are not.
This is the text of an email I sent to all the other administrators in my district.
I have talked about this before in our Admin. Meetings, but I want to take one more opportunity to get out the message about the benefits of our administrators being on Twitter.
It is a great place for each of us to find information that we can use in our respective schools and departments. It is also a great place of each of us to share information for others to benefit from what we are doing and what we know. Twitter is a great place to tell everybody about all the good things that are happening at our schools and district.
I think the most important part of this all, is that by being on Twitter, we would grow as professionals. By growing, we are able to help our students, teachers, schools, and the world.
We would be leading by example. Our teachers (and maybe some of us), I think, don’t value professional development in its current state because it is, in most cases, a one-size-fits-all approach. Twitter can change this if we let it. If we model this approach to professional development, then our teachers will see that we care about learning and then they may start caring a little more about learning. Then our students will benefit and they may also start caring a little more about learning.
If this happens, our schools and our district will only get better.
If you are interested, I’ll help you however I can. If not, please let me know and I won’t bother you anymore about this.