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Connected Leadership

It’s Just a Click Away

With this entry in the Corwin Connected Educator series, use social media to develop a personal learning network, blog your school’s story, and transform your leadership.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483371689
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Connected Educators Series
  • Year: 2014
  • Page Count: 72
  • Publication date: September 12, 2014

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You’re at the top—but never alone!

Take the leap and connect with other educators and leaders through social media. Educators learn to transform relationships with their students, staff, parents, and with the overall community in this simple guide to social media. With real-life examples from K12 educators who’ve integrated social media technology and education, this guide helps educators to harness the power of connectedness and change the way you lead. Jump in and you’ll learn how to:

  • Develop a personal learning network
  • Tell your school’s story through blogging
  • Use connections to transform your leadership

The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other 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.

Check out the Connected Educator Series matrix to find out which book is right for you.

"This book has practical examples of how educators can use Web 2.0 tools to grow professionally and personally. Cook describes his journey as a lead learner in a way that is easy to read; he inspires, engages, and encourages the reader to move from isolation to connection."

Dwight Carter, Principal
New Albany High School

"After reading this book, you'll be inspired by the stories of newly connected educators. If you've been hesitant to take the plunge into the social media waters, you'll be ready to jump right in after this quick and informative read."
Erin Klein, Teacher and Blogger

Key features

This book is for the educator who is hesitant about getting connected. It tells the stories of several Connected Educators, discussing the myths about social media they had to overcome and the results that being connected has had on their schools. This book meets school leaders where they are at and gives them a roadmap for transformational change in their schools through connectedness.

This book will give leaders:

  • An understanding of social media and its benefits for educators
  • Tools for becoming connected
  • Proof through research and examples of how connectedness makes a difference

There is also the Connected Educators Series website where readers can connect with all of the authors of the series, find more resources, and find real support for putting flipped leadership into practice.



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Spike C. Cook

Dr. Spike C. Cook is currently serving in a leadership position as the Principal of RM Bacon Elementary for the Millville Public School District located in the City of Millville, New Jersey. He joined RM Bacon staff in April of 2011. Since that time, he has been influential in increasing technology use with students and teachers, reorganized the Basic Skills Program, and worked on improving the climate and culture of the building.

He began his educational career in 1999 and has worked in higher education, middle school and elementary school. Dr. Cook has served as a counselor, teacher, adjunct professor, Executive Director, vice principal, guidance director and principal. His blog “Insights Into Learning” received a nomination for the Best Administrator Blog by Edublogs.

Dr. Cook has presented at numerous state and local conferences. In addition, he has presented at the 2012 ASCD Texas in Dallas, 2013 ASCD National Conference in Chicago, and the 2013 National Association for Elementary School Principals in Baltimore. He was the keynote speaker at the Millville Public Schools Opening Day for over 1,200 staff. Dr. Cook was one of the featured “connected educators” in the 2014 Corwin Press book, “Digital Leadership” by Eric Sheninger.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface by Peter DeWitt

Introduction: Message to Prospective Connected Educator

1. A Thousand Mile Journey

Getting Started

Navitaging the Web

The Digital Footprint

Personal Story From a Connected Educator - Brad Gustafson

2. Time and Priorities

How Will I Have the Time?

When Can I Connect?

Lurking and Learning

Personal Story From a Connected Educator - Thad Haines

What Do the Researchers Say?

3. Inner Reflection, Global Exposure

Blogging, Tweeting, Pinning

I Don't Have Anything to Say or Write

Who Will Read This?

Personal Story From a Connected Educator - Ben Gilpin

5. Building an Alliance

Professional Learning Network

Chats and Supporting the PLN

Personal Story From a Connected Educator - Amber Teaman

5. Transformation

Paying It Forward

Understanding Your Leadership Color: What Will You Reveal?

Losing My Leadership Mojo

Paying It Forward

Improving the Learning Environment

Transformation Takes on Many Forms

Personal Story from a Connected Educator - Theresa Stager


Reflection of a Trailblazer: Melinda Miller



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