Leading a group of teachers, a school, or a district or implementing an educational policy comes with enormous — yet incredibly rewarding — responsibility.
Being the kind of leader who makes a positive, lasting impact takes a lot of effort and persistence. As a leader, you need to be sure you are feeding your spirit, mind, and body, especially since you are the model for many teachers, parents, and students. Reaching out to those with relevant experience will ensure that you receive the motivation, support, advice, and mentorship to help you successfully transform your community.
One quick and easy way to connect with other administrators and locate resources is to take a few minutes each day to scan and contribute to hashtags, which are words or phrases that begin with a #-sign and are used to categorize conversations around a certain topic on social media.
Click on any of the recommended hashtags below to connect with other school leaders and be inspired by what they accomplish in their communities.
Jeff Veal (@heffrey), a professional learning facilitator, and Nathan Lang (@nalang1), a national content specialist at a leading education publishing house, founded the LeadUpNow movement, which seeks to shift paradigms of leadership structures in education by encouraging thought-provoking conversations. The hashtag chat inspired by this movement, which has been nominated for a Bammy Award, takes place every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time. If you are a teacher who wants to find support, mentorship, and motivation to be a leader in your community, then this is the chat for you.
This Twitter chat belongs to the Connected Principals group, founded by George Couros (@GCouros), teaching consultant and principal of Parkland School Division. The group consists of a large network of principals, vice principals, and assistant principals from all over the world. The hashtag will take you to blogs, resources, events, and conferences to enable you to network with others in the field. You can also join the group’s chat on Twitter every Monday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time. New principals looking to develop a personal learning network (PLN) will find a welcoming online community. This hashtag is also great for principals who want to learn how to integrate social media at their school with the aim of increasing family engagement.
This is one of the most popular Twitter chats dedicated to supporting school administrators. The chat is filled with resources and tools to help those in charge of leading schools. You’ll find an active community discussing various topics every Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Eastern time. The chat was founded by superintendent Scott Rocco (@ScottRRocco), educator Brad Currie (@BradMCurrie), and author and speaker Billy Krakower (@WKrakower).
Scott Rocco is also the creator of #ASuperDay — a hashtag that, on every third Wednesday of the month, is use by superindents to share a story of excellence they’ve observed at schools in the districts they lead.
Another great hashtag for top administrators is #SuptChat, which is an international chat for superintendents and school leaders that takes place the first Wednesday of every month at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. This Bammy Award-nominated chat was founded by two superintendents in Illinois, Nicky Polyak (@npolyak) and Mike Lubelfeld (@mikelubelfeld). This option will connect you with leaders from around the world who are eager to make a difference in their communities.
Connect with superintendents, school board members, and other education leaders at the local and state level using this hashtag. Participants often post relevant articles or challenging questions to spark a debate in the community. Those seeking to continue their journey as a school leader will be able to find positions and ed leadership programs posted here.
Follow this hashtag to keep up with policies, news, and research related to school administration and leadership. Many instructional trends as well as education reform ideas are shared, discussed, and analyzed here.
This is the hashtag of the EdLeader21 community, which represents a large network of school and district leaders who integrate the four Cs — critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity — into education. The site itself is filled with free handouts, PDFs, and rubrics to support educational leadership.
These aren’t specifically related to education, but provide leaders with motivational quotes and resources. Let these tweets inspire you while you sip your coffee in the morning and think about how to transform your classroom, school, or district. I find many of the quotes also keep me focused, grounded, and humble, which is important for being the kind of leader who makes a true impact.
This article is part of a new series on top hashtags for teachers, school leadership, and parents. Read past articles, 10 Hashtags Every Teacher Should Follow or 36 Hastags to Stay on Top of Current Teaching Trends. And check back for these upcoming posts: 15 Must-Follow Hashtags for Parents (Don't Tell Your Kids!) and Follow These 14 Hashtags for Education Technology Updates.