As I write this, I am attending the Association of State Executives (ASE) Summer Retreat. It is a wonderful opportunity for me to interact with my colleagues from around the country. It is also a time when I engage in my own professional learning experiences. I’d like to share a few thoughts regarding some of the topics that we have been addressing.
We had a great presentation and discussion on the use of social media to connect with your students, parents, staff and the general public. Social media is becoming the “go to” for district news and information. I encourage you to utilize these free communication tools within your district and also to friend MASA on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and watch us on YouTube for the latest association news and to connect with fellow members.
We were also challenged to “play offense versus defense" on education issues within our states. In order to do this in an effective manner we need to have a vision for the future of education in our state. This speaks directly to our Minnevate! process. We need to provide our legislators and communities with a vision created through a grassroots process.
Lastly, we discussed how we can have influence on the political process. I personally believe this is a strength of MASA. I do believe that our political leaders look to us for our thoughts and support on important education issues.
I hope all is well in your districts and that you are taking some time for yourselves to enjoy summer!