Even though I'm still two months shy of my one year anniversary as a Texas resident, I can already vouch for the saying that everything's bigger here. The food, football, insects, hair (thanks, humidity) and arguably, state spirit are all bigger in Texas. Another "big" here is education. As the Engagement Specialist for an edtech organization, I was excited to learn more about Texas schools and what better place to start than social media?
Following educators and educational organizations on Twitter is a quick way to help teachers and parents keep up with the latest trends in education. For teachers, Twitter can also inspire innovation when giving instruction in and out of the classroom. With over 5 million students currently enrolled in Texas public schools alone, the Twitterverse is rich with insights from Texas educational leadership. These educators use Twitter as an effective tool to engage others in conversation and share their knowledge - all in an effort to educate the state's future leaders.
In no particular order, here are some of my favorite educational Twitter accounts from deep in the heart of the Lone Star State.
Tweeting from El Paso, Nacy Crouch is a source of education excitement. She shares classroom news and mathematical activities. Her enthusiasm for school shows as she posts everything from fire drill recaps to educational conference highlights!
Brian Bushart is an elementary math curriculum coordinator. He retweets a lot of resources from other educators and shares his experiences at educational conferences. Doesn't this tweet make you want to find out what his presentation's all about?
Based in Cypress, Eric Sheninger is an award-winning principal, best-selling author and Senior Fellow at International Center for Leadership in Education. He shares insights from his own blog and keynotes, as well as nuggets of wisdom from fellow educators.
Carl Hooker is Director of Innovation at Eanes ISD, a keynote speaker, author, and "edupreneur." Follow him for punchy tweets around technology and innovation that'll make you want to problem solve.
I believe in systematic and systemic change that is student-centered around 21st century learning and supports a culture of acceptance and SEL skills while fostering life-long learning and not being filled with buzz words.
Texas Kids Can't Wait is an organization in support of adequate and equitable school funding. Their feed does a great job of sharing current and relevant educational news across Texas and the rest of the nation.
Raise Your Hand Texas identifies and pilots promising ideas to improve public education, and support the conditions & policies to scale proven approaches to benefit all Texas students. Their feed is full of success stories and encouragement for their partner schools.
Texas has more schools in rural areas than any other state, with more than 20 percent located in rural areas. This story on @lyfordcisd is just one example of the critical role rural public schools play in our families, businesses, and communities. https://t.co/29G1qbU3GF#TxEd
The Texas Education Agency is the state agency that oversees primary and secondary public education in the state of Texas. It helps deliver education to more than 5 million students, and their tweets deliver timely reminders and updates on the state's educational policies and workings.
Grade K-6 math and science teachers, don't forget: Applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are due by May 1, 2018. https://t.co/ihTvV4zOye#txed