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Courage is an essential quality for school leaders

How big is your brave, Angela Maiers wants to know.

Courage, according to the teacher, speaker, and social media evangelist, is not just an essential part of being a leader – it’s the most important quality and the one through which other qualities follow.

Maiers was part of a three-speaker hour-long opening General Session April 7 at NSBA’s annual conference in New Orleans, which included Erin Gruwell and Nikhil Goyal. The speakers then continued in separate sessions that went more in-depth.

Maier asked a group of kindergartners, “What does it mean to be brave?” They came up with this list:

1. Love yourself

2. Never give up

3. Be calm in yourself

4. Stand up for yourself

5. Believe in yourself

6. Be brave

“If you don’t follow that to-do list, you have no chance of asking anyone else to do any of those things,” she said. “You are the leader they wish to be. You are the change that needs to be.”

Maiers shows schools how social media and technology can bring out the genius in students and teachers and bring about social change. Some schools have put into place a “genius hour” where students can meeting physically and virtually to plan projects.

An entire district – with children from kindergarten to 12th grade – took on this project – Hutto, Texas. The district has 6,000 students. “All I said was give me a group of kids and we’ll figure it out,” Maiers said. “All we needed was school board that said, ‘I believe in you; we will be brave.’” From the project, 57 social enterprises were launched.

A large part of being a courageous leader is having a community of leaders to turn to. “I feel brave because I don’t do this work alone,” she said. “I have a network of educators and others who make me smarter every day. I have never felt so supported.”

Maiers announced that she was starting a Twitter chat for school board members, SBchat, so they could build a community, as well. The chat will run through her Choose 2 Matter website.

 

Kathleen Vail|April 10th, 2014|Categories: Governance, NSBA Annual Conference 2014, School Boards, Social Networking, Student Engagement, Teachers|Tags: , , , , , |

Connect on social media at NSBA’s Annual Conference

During NSBA’s Annual Conference engage in social media. The conference hashtag is #NSBAConf. Make sure you like NSBA’s Facebook page and follow NSBA’s Twitter page. NSBA has also launched our national campaign, “Stand Up 4 Public Schools,” so make sure you like the campaign’s Facebook page and follow the campaign’s Twitter page.

Additionally, photos of Annual Conference are posted on NSBA’s Flickr page.

Alexis Rice|April 5th, 2014|Categories: NSBA Annual Conference 2014, Social Networking|Tags: , , , , |

NSBA to host State of the Union Twitter chat at #EdSOTU

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) will be hosting our second annual Twitter chat during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, starting at 9 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Join the Twitter chat by using hashtag #EdSOTU and share your thoughts about the president’s speech and his plans for K-12 education.

By using #EdSOTU in your tweets, you will become a part of this virtual conversation. To see the entire conversation stream just go to Twitter and search #EdSOTU.

Alexis Rice|February 11th, 2013|Categories: Educational Legislation, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Federal Advocacy, Federal Programs|Tags: , , , , , , |

NSBA to host Twitter chat during presidential debate at #debatedenverED

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) will be hosting a Twitter chat during the October 3 Presidential Debate, to be held from 9 – 10:30 pm EDT.

Be a part of this chat by using the hashtag #debatedenverED and share your thoughts about the debate and the emphasis placed on K-12 education. By using #debatedenverED in your tweets, you will be able to join in this virtual conversation. To see the entire conversation stream just go to Twitter and search #debatedenverED.

During the 2012 State of the Union, NSBA hosted a Twitter chat and according to Twitter, education was the top topic discussed. Now help us get education to be the top issue discussed on Twitter during the first presidential debate!

Alexis Rice|October 2nd, 2012|Categories: 2012 Presidential race, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Federal Advocacy, Federal Programs, School Reform, Student Achievement, Teachers, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

‘Tweet’ tips for board members to use social media to reach out

Just as the news media has learned to go online to alert readers when news breaks out, so too can school leaders use social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook to spread the word about the successes of their students and the decisions of boards and superintendents.

“Some folks get spooked by the Twitter because of its 140-character limit for messages,” said Brad Hughes of the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA). “But you are really just writing a headline for the rest of the story, which can be a full-length document that is linked to from the Twitter post. Put the document on a website, create a link and then you’re ready to tease with your Twitter post, and give all the information you need in the linked document.”

Hughes, who manages KSBA’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube services to members, offered a series of tips in a Sunday morning full workshop on social media, followed by an afternoon Learning Lounge abbreviated session. Among his recommendations:

# “Keep it professional. If you have a personal Facebook page (I do), fine, but on the board member or district Facebook page, it should be all business about education.”

# “Try to post something every day. People have almost limitless online resources to use to stay in the know, so you’ve got to give them fresh information on a regular basis.”

# “Promote the social media sites in your print materials, business cards, e-mail signature lines, primary websites — anywhere you may otherwise be driving people for information.”

# “Consider carefully the issue of allowing others to react and post to your social media site. Again, it’s one thing on a personal page you allow friends to read and respond. It’s another for you to create an official information tool and the open it up to critics for their two cents’ worth.”

Erin Walsh|April 22nd, 2012|Categories: NSBA Annual Conference 2012|Tags: , , |

NSBA to host Twitter chat on education issues during State of the Union

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) will be hosting a Twitter chat during President Obama’s State of the Union address,  starting at 9 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Join the Twitter chat by using hashtag #EdSOTU and share your thoughts about the president’s speech and his plans for K-12 education.

By using #EdSOTU in your tweets, you will become a part of this virtual conversation. To see the entire conversation stream just go to Twitter and search #EdSOTU.

 

Alexis Rice|January 23rd, 2012|Categories: Announcements, Educational Technology|Tags: , , , , , |
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