Pinterest can be a valuable resource for school principals and administrators

pinterest-administrators-educationPinterest, a social networking site in which users “pin” websites and resources to a virtual pinboard, has grown in popularity among the education community. While the site is especially popular with teachers, school administrators are also using the site with more frequency.

School leaders can use Pinterest to help their own teachers grow and build important teaching skills, but they also can use the site to improve their own leadership and practice.

Below are some Pinterest boards focusing on school administrators and leadership. Do you have a favorite Pinterest board that other administrators will find useful? Share it in the comments section below.

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No stranger to the ed-tech leadership community, Principal Eric Sheninger’s Pinterest board offers resources on personal learning networks, Twitter, apps for administrators, STEM education, and more.

This board from Kristen Hernandez includes a number of pins relevant for school administrators, includes resources on teacher turnover facts, influential and helpful blogs, how to integrate technology in the classroom, and more. One pin connects administrators with resources to help them broach tough conversations with stakeholders. Another offers information on Twitter dos and don’ts.

School administrators can take the first step in modeling Pinterest use for their teachers. For instance, school principals could introduce a faculty Pinterest account with different boards pertaining to certain departments, school initiatives, or programs. Teachers at W. T. White High School in Dallas, Texas use Pinterest to organize apps, presentation tools, assessments, and much more.

Principals and administrators can use Pinterest to improve not only their teachers’ morale, but to improve their own practice. Pinner Javetta Jones has saved resources on how to flip faculty meetings, how to recognize and reward school staff, and how to develop leadership skills. The board also includes information about differentiated instruction and factors that cause team communication to fail.

Are you looking for tips or resources on must-have mobile apps for school administrators, Twitter strategies for schools, hallmarks of digital principals, principal productivity and leadership, or how to empower teacher leaders? Check out Janet Corder’s Pinterest page for school administrators for those resources and more.

Tina Wahlert’s Pinterest board, Principals as Instructional Leaders, includes pins on ways that leadership can positively or negatively impact classroom innovation, questions that great leaders ask, and tips for school administrators who are just joining Twitter. Wahlert also includes information on important ed-tech leadership blogs and strategies for fostering positive school culture.

Implementing the Common Core State Standards is a task on the top of each administrator’s list. The achievement gap also tops administrators’ concerns. Kimberly Frank’s School Principal Pinterest board offers resources to help school leaders address these pressing issues. The board also includes resources such as movie clips for lesson plans, differentiated instruction, bucket-filling, and response to intervention.

Bill Horniak’s Pinterest board includes pins about defining instructional leadership, how to efficiently and effectively approach iPad initiatives, the importance of having technology-literate leaders, tips for new and rookie principals, ways to use data during teacher observations, and how all school administrators play an important role in a school’s success.

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For more on how Pinterest is used in the classroom, click here, here, and here.


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