“Validating what we are doing as a community of educators has been a key to be being a connected educator,” says Craig Vroom, a middle school principal in Hilliard City Schools. He shares how being a connected educator has given him a new outlook on his work with teachers, the community, and the impact of educators across the world.
“Through my digital connections, I have learned about and participated in new experiences and phenomenal professional development opportunities…I have been led to invaluable resources and professional literature to help my own staff as well as others," says Cathryn Petticrew, an elementary school principal in Mechanicsburg Exempted Village Schools. She describes social media as a "lifeline" for her as a new principal who had very little mentoring before taking over a building.
When staff are engaged, they are invested in the organization’s success and the success of those around them. When educators are engaged, they are invested in the success of the school, their colleagues, and most importantly, their students. How do we foster engagement in our schools?
“It's important for schools to use social media to tell our stories or others will tell it for us, and it may not be true,” explains Dwight Carter, a high school principal in New Albany-Plain Local Schools and the 2013 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year. Learn how Dwight uses digital and social media to ask questions, participate in discussions, highlight what's going on in his building, and interact with teachers, students, parents, and community members.
"Social media has greatly expanded my ability to communicate with staff, parents, and even students," says Trent Bowers, Assistant Superintendent at Worthington City Schools. He adds that being connected enables him to share ideas and benefit from the ideas of his peers.