Assistant Principal, Prairie Waters Elementary – I strongly believe that if you aren’t talking about your school, someone else will. George Couros, author of The Innovator’s Mindset says, “For too long, the narrative of education has been shared mostly by peopletwitterweb outside of education. That needs to–and can-change”. We can use the power of social media to ensure the message being sent is an accurate and positive one.

One tool our school utilizes is Twitter. Classroom teachers, support staff, and a school account provide the greater community with a transparent lens into our building. By showcasing the learning, a culture of trust is fostered. Educational practices have changed a great deal since many of our students’ parents, and our staff have attended school. Our goal is to take the mystery out of our building. Often when parents ask, “What did you do at school today?”, they are met with limited responses. When parents are able to see what has happened, they are able to use more direct questions and create more meaningful discussions.

Not only is it important to have parents understand the learning in our schools, but inviting the larger community in as well is instrumental in creating an engaging learning environment. We invite community in and give them opportunities to interact with our students; again using social media as a platform to reach out. The impact on student learning has been phenomenal. By sharing our school’s learning we have created a strong, positive and collaborative culture. Students are highly engaged in their learning and are excited to share with the world. Many of our school community members are active on social media, so why not use it to your advantage! We love our school and want to share the powerful learning with others!

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