Innovation: Education

Summer: sun, sand and systems thinking

Announcing the 1st annual Tarrant Institute twitter read-along

#vted twitter chatSummer is a great time for camping, sunsets and creemees. A great time to relax.

It’s also a great time to sneak in some professional development — especially if you get to do it online and with your peers, while strengthening your professional learning network. Take time to turn off and tune out, or, read Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts and Systems. With us. On twitter!

Namaste, school warriors.

Why a twitter read-along?

Twitter is a great place to share your thoughts on books: you can meet other readers and get their perspective, the short format doesn’t add a lot of load to your reading experience, and you have a record of the feedback to work from later.

What’s Coherence?

Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts and Systems, by Michael Fullan and Joann Quinn, outlines a framework for bringing together competing initiatives and priorities in a united vision of school change.

Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action

Michael Fullan and Joanne Quinn, 2015, Corwin Press

Six chapters in six weeks

Thursdays at 8pm EST, we’ll be tweeting at the #edcoherence hashtag, leading a discussion of each of the book’s six chapters (each chapter is 30 pages or less). It’s a slim read, but that leaves more time for tweeting!

July 14 Ch. 1: Coherence-making (the authors have made this chapter available free)
July 21 Ch. 2: Focusing Direction
July 28 Ch. 3: Cultivating Collaborative Cultures
Aug 4 Ch. 4: Deepening Learning
Aug 11 Ch. 5: Securing Accountability
Aug 18 Ch. 6: Leading for Coherence

How to participate

  1. You’ll need a twitter account. If you need a boost on getting started with twitter, check out The Innovative Educator’s Guide to twitter
  2. Mark your calendars for Thursdays at 8pm EST.
  3. Read #edcoherence tweets to see examples and gain insights from peers and colleagues.
  4. Optional: Tweet responses and thoughts on how Coherence could change the way you view or participate in school leadership. Remember to tag your tweets with #edcoherence so we can see you in the chat.

Spread the word

Know a school administrator who you want to read with? Want to inspire your PLN to play along?

Feel free to embed the above Thinglink!

Want help?

Have questions about how twitter book chats work? Need advice on getting started with twitter? Looking for extra copies of the book? Just give a shout-out in the comments, below, or use our handy Google Form.

Author

Life LeGeros

Life has worked in various roles in K-12 education, including classroom teacher, assistant principal, math department head, state agency administrator, and school board teacher representative. His dissertation focused on the impact of math teachers' knowledge on the growth of their students. He believes in teacher leadership, student empowerment, and challenging the status quo. He loves being immersed in tech-rich and outdoor environments, though not simultaneously. Find him on Twitter @lifelegeros.

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