I always talk to people about how fortunate I feel to be the Principal of Burlington High School. My Twitter profile picture above also states my feelings clearly. I see first hand daily some of the struggles that other administrators have with political issues in their communities. Sometimes these issues are rigid bureaucratic guidelines that tie their hands and other times they are political power-plays that Principals should really not have to waste their time with. I guess what I am trying to say is that I love the fact that I am able to spend so much of my time building relationships with students, teachers, and families and having conversations about education and where our school is headed.
Because of the fact that I work in Burlington, a community where the school committee and Superintendent trusts its employees to use social media tools appropriately, I have had my name mentioned in a few recent blogposts by others. I am quite clear that this is all about us because I know very well that I could be somewhere else struggling to overcome outdated policies. But thankfully I am in Burlington, where we will not close the door on any tool that can help us engage students and their families in their education.
Here are the two blog posts from this past week mentioning BHS:
First, from Lisa Velmer Nielsen's blog - The Innovative Educator - Lisa is the Technology Innovation Manager for the New York City Department of Education and her blog is recognized worldwide as one of the top educational blogs.
Second, from New Milford High School (NJ) Principal Eric Sheninger's Blog - Eric is the most widely recognized Principal in using social media to connect himself, his school, and his students to the most relevant learning opportunities available.