#edfocuschat GoogleHangout with Kelly Wachel

Tonight was #edfocuschat’s inaugural Google Hangout! We were joined by Steven Weber @curriculum_blog and author Kelly Wachel @kellywachel for the dicussion of her book ‘Parents and Schools Together.’


Our GHO was a great 45 minute discussion and share session on Wachel’s area of expertise on the school and parent partnership. Our discussion covered topics ranging from the need to establish trust between school and home, new dimensions of school leadership and how they affect school partnerships, and the importance of branding in our schools. Below is the link to our archived chat.

I‘d like to thank Steven for his unique contributions – his insight is always critical and thought provoking. #edfocuschat is especially grateful to Kelly for her expert value-add. I invite everyone to listen to the archived chat – there is something for every educator at every level here. This venture is a great part of #edfocuschat’s mission to connect educators with experts! Enjoy!


@KellyWachel: Parents and School Together! @edfocuschat

51FNDy9Z9qL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_The @edfocuschat moderators are happy to have Kelly Wachel, @KellyWachel, as the guest author for our next chat! Her book, Parents and Schools Together: A Blueprint for Success with Urban Youth, is a great resource for educator at all levels in helping promote success and achievement for our students.

Kelly’s book focus on the critical partnership between parents and educators what what both groups can do to help each other build a successful, supportive environment for our students. Kelly is the public information officer for Center School District in South Kansas City.

Join us for what promises to be a great discussion! Our chat will be on Tuesday, April 8th at 8:00 EST. There will be something in this discussion for everyone.

[Remember, our new hashtag is [#edfocuschat]

@PeterBregman to Join #edfocuschat

We’re very excited to welcome Peter Bregman, @PeterBregman, to #edfocuschat to discuss his book “18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done.”

Save the Date:

March 24, 2014

8:00 pm EST

As described on his website, Peter is the CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc., a global management consulting firm which advises CEOs and their leadership teams. He speaks, writes, and consults about how to lead and how to live.

Our conversation promises to help you with practical tips to get more accomplished. We hope you can join us.

#edfocuschat – Digital Leadership with @NMHS_Principal

We’d like to thank Eric Sheninger for joining us Jan 21st for our first #edfocuschat of the year!

Digital Leadership

Eric facilitated a great talk Tuesday night for the #edfocuschat PLN. His new work focuses on the pillars of digital leadership and is a great achievement of collaboration with several long-contributing digital leaders.

Our talk covered lots of great areas and topics, including tools for digital leaders, sustaining change, managing a changing landscape within our buildings and being a part of the shifting in policy and practices in our schools.

We’re very appreciative of Eric visiting us and being a part of this growth discussion. This is his second chat with us – we can always count on his leadership and commitment to help us all grow in our efforts to be better digital leaders!


His book is available from Corwin Press and linked to his site. But if you’re like me, you’ll want the digital copy – download available on our Kindle!

Eric Sheninger’s site
Eric Sheninger on Twitter
Digital Leadership from Amazon!

Commit to our chat – we help connect educators with author/experts.

Digital Leadership – A New Dimension to School Leadership

Tuesday January 21, 2014 we are privileged to have Eric Sheninger, @NMHS_Principal, join us and share some insight from his new book Digital Principal: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times.

Digital Leadership

For years, Eric has been a model of how school leaders can use social media to help improve their daily practice and impact in changing the teaching and learning in our schools. His new work explores why effective school leaders embrace the new dimensions of digital leadership.

Below are just some of the areas in his new book:

  • Changing how we communicate and our approach to public relations
  • Examining why schools must change and the keys to sustaining change
  • Professional growth and development
  • How we brand
  • Rethinking our learning spaces and enhancing learning in our schools

Blog post: Why Digital Leadership? #digilead

Join us for our Tuesday night chat! We will cover these topics and more in what promises to be a great, impactful share experience!

Time Management Tips for School Leaders #edfocus

We’d like to thank Dr. Bill Sterrett for agreeing to lead our chat on best practices with time management. For educators and school leaders at all levels, time management is critical. It ensures that all needed conversations, observations, planning etc takes place.

As usual we dig deep into our chat to make sure we are addressing the needs of our group:

And true to our PLN and mission, we share out strategies we think will help grow our network:

Storify summary of tonight’s chat

Thanks to everyone who participated in this growth conversation. If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to pick up @BillSterrett work “Short on Time”. Student achievement, teacher development and running efficient schools necessitate we as school leaders use tools like this to be as productive as possible.

Chat with @NMHS_Principal – ‘together we are better’

These two tweets are great indication of our impactful October chat hosted by Eric Sheninger @NMHS_Principal. The topic of this #edfocuschat was the book he co-authored Communicating and Connecting with Social Media [Essentials for Principals]. This book is a great resource for educators for creating an understanding for the need and tools for engaging with social media. This was another great trending share session for #edfocuschat, filled with advice and resource suggestions for our PLN.

We’l like to thank Eric for guesting this chat. As we all continue to develop and build our tools and understanding of using social media in our practices, its important that we connect with experts and get resourced on the materials that will help us grow. Please follow Eric at @NMHS_Principal and continue integrating social media in your practice.