In paying tribute to our powerful teacher network, I plan to blog about and convene a panel on the "Benefits of Teacher Networks and Social Media" during the Philadelphia Writing Project's Celebration of Writing & Literacy". Kira Baker-Doyle, the author of a new book published by Teachers College Press , "Networked Teacher" is my thinking partner for this project and will support me in convening a dynamic panel that explores how teachers build social networks for professional learning communities.
It is a useful book for teachers ( novice and seasoned) , teacher educators,and any one interested in education reform to read and use for group discussions on networking, leadership and school culture.
Additionally , you may want to check out this article " The Missing Link in School Reform" by Carrie R Leana, which appears in the latest issue of Standford Social Innovation Review. It provides additional fodder on the importance of teacher networks and collaboration. It speaks to the social capital that networks like the NWP foster and develop.
We need to spread the "gospel" that our network creates meaningful professional learning communities that support real "reform"