Networking for Teachers
Networking as a teacher is essential to your professional development. Luckily, teachers today have a plethora of networking avenues to follow. Social media, Edcamps, conference events — using these resources wisely will put you on the path to sharpening your teaching skills and advancing your career.
Networking through Social Media
Social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn allow educators to connect with other educators to learn from, and engage and support one another. These social media outlets are a great way to share resources, to find out about upcoming opportunities and to learn new strategies for the classroom. Join a Facebook group of like-minded educators, ones that employ similar pedagogical theories or ones that simply teach the same subject; follow Twitter accounts that share valuable resources; tweet tips and follow other teachers — all of these can be new opportunities and experiences to grow as a professional.
LinkedIn is specifically a great social media site for teachers. As a professional educator, it is important to build your professional contacts and having a LinkedIn account will help streamline that process. Being a social media site dedicated to professionals, LinkedIn offers tools that can help you stay in touch with the influential educators you meet at Edcamps, events and conferences.
Networking with Edcamps
Edcamps are a unique “un-conference” for teachers. These events are organized by the attendees and don’t have a set agenda. They are a great way for educators to connect and collaborate for the benefit of their own professional development. Edcamps are run by the attendees, the topics are chosen by the attendees and the goal is always for the attendees to learn from each other. These tenets help keep Edcamp accessible, engaging and effective. Those who attend Edcamps walk away with something newly learned, with new motivational friends in the education and with practical teaching advice.
For teachers looking for a fun, unique and collaborative type of networking opportunity, Edcamps are the perfect solution. Search for a Edcamp session near you or learn how you yourself can host an Edcamp session in your area.
Networking at Events and Conferences
Growing in your profession means staying in the loop and educating yourself on trends, resources and teaching styles of the 21st century. Conferences and events that are geared to educators are great learning tools, as well as a great way to reach out and network with like-minded people. Websites like All Conferences and Educators Professional Development can help teachers find workshops, conferences and events in their area, but your fellow teachers and district contacts will likely also know about upcoming functions.