Today I had the opportunity to present to the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute with Jessica Johnson, aka @principalJ, on what it means to be a “connected administrator”.
We touched on using social media to connect with parents, staff, and stake holders. We discussed creating & curating a personal learning network to help build your “room” of like minded, in the trench, peers to help all of us be better at what we do. Jessica had a great slide in her presentation that said, “Sure, you don’t have to have a PLN to be a great educator, but why would you close the door to the chance of being even better?“, which sums up our “connected educator” month perfectly.
Each of us are wired differently. There’s no one size fits all when it comes to how we can grow and learn. I do believe, however, that there is, based on the innate make up of who you are, one pathway that will make it easier for you. Whether it’s reading blogs, listening to podcasts, or tweeting, there is a way for you to be connected. You just have to pick it! We’d never dream about going to a doctor who hadn’t grown in their craft since they graduated from college, why would want we want less for our students?
Virdie Montgomery: AHMO pride at Wylie HS (Letterman clip) (You’re creating a brand for your campus…what does yours say? Wylie HS has a national presence, :))
Dr. Vinson’s blog (Connected leadership starts at the top!)
Jessica’s slide show: Twitter Island
Good luck, first class of IPLI! Please let us know if we can assist you in any other way!
Amber Teamann @8amber8
Jessica Johnson @principalJ