I've been a resident of the Lone Star State for over two years now, and I can definitely vouch for the saying: Everything is bigger in Texas! The food, football, insects, hair and arguably, state spirit, are all bigger here.
Another "big" for Texas is education, and when I'm looking to get a pulse on what the current trends and landscape are, I turn to social media! With over 5 million students currently enrolled in Texas public schools alone, the Twitterverse is rich with insights from state educational leadership. These educators use Twitter as an effective tool to engage others in conversation and share their knowledge—all in an effort to teach the state's future leaders.
In no particular order, here are some of my colleagues' and my favorite educational Twitter accounts from deep in the heart of Texas.
Tony is a PK-12 Math Curriculum Coordinator for Georgetown Independent School District. Folllow him for Texas education updates, fun math content, and some Houston Astros highlights too!
So thankful for the time I had with teachers today! Was able to have deep conversations with all grades and witness vertical connections/relationships among teachers within feeder patterns. I am GISD proud. #GISDB2S@GeorgetownISDpic.twitter.com/0pKeIP8Dwh
Nicole is a Curriculum Director at Harris County Department of Education. She describes herself as mom, teacher, friend, collaborator, math lover, and problem solver. We love all the math moments she shares, and we enjoy her SEL content too.
Tweeting from El Paso, Nancy 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?
Mary is the PreK-12 Director of Mathematics at Coppell ISD. She's also an Apple Distinguished Educator and President of the Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics. We enjoy her enthusiasm for mathematics and all of the practical tutorials she shares.
Math teacher conversations are the best - mostly because they are so very specific. And, we know we’re specific because we #attendtoprecision. 😉
As the current Superintendent of Gunter Independent School District, Jill provides practical truths to powerfully lead through challenging times. In fact, she's writing a whole book about it!
The data that we used to hold on to as teachers, the kids now know and own. It’s great to see kids shift from asking about their grade to real conversations about their goals and learning.” - @weberelem teacher @tasanet#FRSLNpic.twitter.com/0KOleKoWIV
The Personalized Learning Team at the Dallas Independent School District has a great mission: to equip educators and their partners to personalize learning for kids! Look to their feed for lots of inspiration as they share events, resources, and other content.
The UT STEM Center's mission is to improve the teaching and learning of STEM through research, outreach, and educational services. Their feed is a good source of professional development opportunities for educators.
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.
Since 2008, our organization has sponsored more than 1,300 school leaders from Texas to attend week-long summer institutes @hgse.
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.
Calling all grades K-6 math and science teachers: Nominations for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are being accepted now! #PAEMST#txed