Build transformational leadership using social media! The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Filled with real-world experiences from leaders all over the country, you’ll build balanced and effective leadership skills, grow a network of support, and model your vision for a thriving community of learners. Includes a handy start-up guide to help busy principals: • Connect virtually with K-12 leaders • Model continuous learning • Close the gap of knowledge and experience between educators Being a Connected Educator is more than a set of actions: it’s a belief in the potential of technology to fuel lifelong learning. To explore the other books in this series, visit the Corwin Connected Educators website at http://www.corwin.com/connectededucators/. “With this book, Sinanis and Sanfelippo have written a well-researched, yet accessible guide to the how and why school administrators should embrace social media. This book will help school administrators who are still debating whether or not to be online jump into the waters.” ? —Chris Lehmann, Founding Principal Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, PA
Chapter 2: The Importance of Professional and Personal Development
The Importance of Professional and Personal Development
As a principal in a suburban school district in western Wisconsin, Curt Rees has always believed in the power of professional development. He believes that if we do not take charge of our own learning, someone else will. If we are told to go to something, it often doesn’t fit our personal need when it comes to professional growth. The more we can take control of our learning, the more investment we have in the process. The impact of social media on that professional development has been profound. Getting a chance to connect with like-minded principals across the world went from an interest to a lifestyle for Curt.
Curt started using Twitter ...