Share stories of my journey into connected leadership Focus on the WHY we need to connect and collaborate with othersHow to do this.Saddest part about these past 2+ days… so many people will not see this work. SHARE
Principal, HS teacher, parent, coachBest job in the world – play, observe, support, engage in dialogue
Who is telling the stories? What are the stories being told?Focus for today – connect. Relationships, stories, learning.
Moved from Isolated to Collaborative learning environmentChallenge each otherRelationships
Feb 2009, met with KyeOnline marketing strategy for my wife’s businessIntro’d Twitter and FB PageI could see the Facebook Page but Twitter?
I created two ways to try to get information to parents and share great things happening at our school.Big risk – putting myself out there with FB page – perk of the small district I am in – autonomy to take risksFB was an immediate hit – but heavily moderated. No major issuesTwitter notsomuch but then started to connect with educators – reading blogs, etc
Took the plunge and started the Wejr Board in early 2010Who is going to read this?
School decision to end awards ceremony, blog post, tweet by Alfie KohnStarted to learn how to respond rather than react to being challenged. Found other people interested in student motivation.Learning to respond to challenge and engage in respectful debate online helped me offline.0:10
Share stories that connect with peopleHuge shift in my teaching/leading– strength vs deficit thinkingDom’s teacher showed it to him – he commented.
Invitedto blog at Connected Principals – started to expand my network and become closer with other adminAsked to present online – presented on parent engagementMostly cross-postsConnectedprincipals.com and #cpchat – connections formed through CP have developed into friendships and people I confide in
DavidWees, me and a few others began using #bcedUsed a program that would create a paper each day… promote the hashtag and promote BC EducationBegan to develop a real online community in BC
Meeting Old Friends for the first timePrevious conference/PD experience: pick a conference based on what came in my box, got to the conference, take a few notes by myself, go homeNOW – network with passionate people, discuss conferences and workshops, go there and meet them, discuss the day on backchannels, go for lunch and continue the conversations afterwardEdCampVancouver, later Edcamp FV
EdTech BC Conference... Same thing. Got to hang out with a guy I had spoken to, video chatted with, blogged, tweeted, Facebook’d... But never met.
More than “just” a toolTransformed how I learn, transformed me as a leader and educator
I get to ‘see’ what is happening in schools across the globe. Ask questions and get so many views. All this is IN ADDITION to my school and district.GLOBAL connection also strengthens my local connections My network continues to grow but it is important to keep those key relationships close.
Dive deeper into the important question of Why – will never do the how and the what without the why
What does your footprint look like? Why is this important?0:18
Continue the conversations in your M.Ed Programs… and then include others.Connect beyond the world of education.
Too big to know
CONNECT – form relationships.Educators, parents, students… everyone.
Story of @garriochRead parts of blog
2011 Learning and networkingwith other educators has provided me with great ideas to share and propose to staffIdentity Day
Just show a few seconds…
Breaking down SOME of the barriers based on structure, culture, class, etc. At any time I can connect with parents, professors, teachers, admin, trustees, and even authors or speakers (Daniel Pink and Alfie Kohn).. And recently Dylan Wiliam
Accessibility is far greater now
Think about your work in your M.Ed program… do you want to see it impacting change beyond this weekend and beyond your class/schools?
Its not social media that is changing ed – it is the people.No longer are there pockets of isolated brilliance – this can now be shared. Ripple effectSpreading of ideas… and improving on them. Colliding hunches. Sharing and exploring the WHY of education reform – parents, teachers, students.0:30
Connected EducatorIf we don’t out it out there how will we know if there are ways to make it better?
Get comfortable being uncomfortable – get comfortable being challenged
Lencioni – must be challenged to become betterInnovator’s DNA– Seek intellectual collisionsSome people are not so good with this – a learned skill.0:35
As you engage in this dialogue… you will see the transfer to different avenues of communication. Stronger more personal relationships
@irishscott @jdprickett @cpleister @ NAESPDeeper learning experience – we MADE time to collaborate and discuss the learning
Also posts on my mom, dad, kids…Connect with people in a more personal way.Andrew – see commentsOzzy – connect with others who have gone through a similar stuggle
How I was introduced to the story of Lilee.How the story has reached a community… and beyond using SM.Fundraisers, support
Releases song PrayPromoted through SMReaches #1 on iTunes ahead of Nickelback, Rhianna, etcChallenges Nickelback ---- Nickelback donates $50,000 to Children’s hospital
Sharing out story – providing ways for parents to “see” inside our school.Trust that it will be ok. Moving from culture of fear to a culture of trust. Modeling effective use of social mediaMeet people where they are.Newsletter – 10 good things – paper to blog to email, FB, Twitter
Share this brilliant work - engage in further dialogue around your topics of interest.0:50
Tweet something. Post something. RT something. DO something!
It is about finding quality connections rather than numbers… used hashtags to reach wider audience. Build your network over time.Can you have deeper learning via Twitter? No but the relationships built from then create more opps for these conv in different venues.But WHAT if I MESS UP/
Again – share your stories of your learning in the M.Ed program or at your school… create further dialogue.OR share what is happening in your classrooms. How will parent s understand that school is different if they never see in?Share the WHY.
Share the stories of your class/school.Let people “in”. How will parent s understand that school is deifferent if they never see in?
Dean Shareski always talks about the power of a little comedy in posts/tweets. Lighten up once in awhile!0:55
About what you believe and who you are. People trust those who put themselves out there.If you make mistakes, do not hid them but share and learn.
Small Efforts Can make a big difference.
RELATIONSHIPSSTORIESGo beyond the world of education to lead change.
Connected Leadership: Harnessing the Power of a Global Network
Connected Leadership Harnessing the Power of a Global Learning Network Chris Wejr @ChrisWejr chriswejr.comImage: http://flic.kr/p/5ysDeC