Twitter is the perfect DIY PD machine. It lets you take control, learn in bite-sized pieces just when you need the information, and it’s nothing if not current. To get your self-improvement started, consider following these leading voices in education today:
Frederick M. Hess, @rickhess99
Director of American Enterprise Institute Ed Policy Studies and a blogger for Education Week, Rick Hess turns out thought-provoking work from a conservative viewpoint.
Teachers, tired of frustrating administrators & policies? A tool to help. “A Cage-Busting Curriculum for Teachers.” https://t.co/yhyKh9bTKl
— Frederick M. Hess (@rickhess99) February 22, 2017
Baruti K. Kafele, @PrincipalKafele
This former urban public school principal now writes about how PD can help improve school culture and erase the achievement gap.
Now here’s a very relevant article…particularly for this time of the year. https://t.co/pRRLvKEV4p
— Baruti K. Kafele (@PrincipalKafele) February 22, 2017
Jennifer Gonzalez, @cultofpedagogy
Looking for instructional and classroom management strategies? Follow Gonzalez, a former teacher and former teacher of teachers, who now runs the Cult of Pedagogy blog.
Don’t let pursuit of the instructionally perfect prevent you from reaping the rewards of the instructionally possible. ~James Popham #edchat
— Jennifer Gonzalez (@cultofpedagogy) July 5, 2015
Eric Sheninger, @E_Sheninger
This former principal is a senior fellow at ICLE and one of the stalwarts who created education PD through Twitter. He’s well-read, well-connected, and well regarded.
— Eric Sheninger (@E_Sheninger) February 20, 2017
Chris Lehmann, @chrislehmann
The founding principal of Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy is an author of a new book, Building School 2.0.
— Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann) September 1, 2015
Larry Ferlazzo, @Larryferlazzo
This urban high school teacher and Education Week blogger often discusses issues around teaching ELL.
Here Are The Ten Downloadable Graphic Organizers I Use With ELL Beginners To Write A Story https://t.co/V1tkfCZHln
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) February 22, 2017
Dr. Randall Sampson, @RandallSampson
He founded Liberty Leadership Development and wrote Personalized PD: Tell Your Story.
— Dr. Randall Sampson (@RandallSampson) December 14, 2016
Michael Petrilli, @MichaelPetrilli
When you want to learn about the intersection of education and policy, you want to hear his take on things: he’s president of the Fordham Institute and editor of Harvard’s Education Next.
— Hoover Institution (@HooverInst) February 8, 2017
Steven W. Anderson, @web20classroom
This prolific former educator is the co-creator of #edchat and a booster of how to integrate technology into every part of your school.
— Steven W. Anderson (@web20classroom) February 21, 2017
Sheryl Sandberg, @sherylsandberg
She’s not affiliated with education, but you’ll learn a ton about management, work-life balance, and more by following this super connected Facebook vice president.
— Sheryl Sandberg (@sherylsandberg) January 28, 2013
Sir Ken Robinson, @SirKenRobinson
The creator of the most watched Ted video, Robinson champions creativity in schools and advises governments, education systems, and global corporation. “Imagination is the source of all human achievement.”
Thought for the Day: “Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.” John Dewey
— Sir Ken Robinson (@SirKenRobinson) January 26, 2017
Simon Sinek, @simonsinek
He’s a management theorist and leadership author who discusses how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust, and change. His Ted talk was titled Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe.
Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.
— Simon Sinek (@simonsinek) September 14, 2016
Conor P. Williams, @ConorPWilliams
He’s the founding director of Dual Language Learners National Work Group and frequent essayist.
— Conor P. Williams (@ConorPWilliams) February 21, 2017
Onica L. Mayers, @O_L_Mayers
Want handy advice from the trenches? This Houston-area principal is dedicated to developing learners and boosting teachers.
— Onica L. Mayers (@O_L_Mayers) February 21, 2017
Scot McLeod, @mcleod
This educator and blogger (Dangerously Irrelevant) is an associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Colorado, Denver.
You want student learning to change but you don’t want to change teaching or schooling. Good luck with that.
— Scott McLeod (@mcleod) September 18, 2014
Robert J. Marzano, @robertjmarzano
His bio says it simply: “I translate research and theory into educational practice. It could also say that during 50+ years in education, I’ve written 40 books, 150 articles and been the keynote speaker at countless education conferences. And your district probably follows the frameworks I’ve created.”
— Robert J. Marzano (@robertjmarzano) February 20, 2017
Audrey Watters, @audreywatters
If you want to read something that will surprise you, make you disagree, or possibly make you realize that someone else gets you, turn here to this self proclaimed ed-tech Cassandra.
Rationalizing Those “Irrational” Fears of inBloom — my response to the recent Data & Society report on inBloom https://t.co/1qUifXciBN
— Audrey Watters (@audreywatters) February 16, 2017
Andy Smarick, @smarick
President of Maryland state Board of Education and a Fellow at AEI.
— Andy Smarick (@smarick) February 22, 2017