IEL Partners with #PTchat

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The Institute for Educational Leadership Launches Two New Leadership Supports For School Practitioners

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) announces the creation of two new and innovative leadership supports: Weekly Parent-Teacher Twitter chats, podcasts, and online video vignettes of best practices in family and community engagement.  Together, these tools will support parents, families, teachers and school leaders as they work to expand and enhance family engagement efforts.
Every week beginning August 21 at 9 pm Eastern Time , Dr. Joe Mazza (@Joe_Mazza), Penn State Graduate School of Education Innovation Coach and Principal of Knapp Elementary School in Lansdale, PA, will lead Wednesday night Parent-Teacher Twitter chats (#PTchat).  #PTchat is a social media professional development conversation that enables parents, family engagement practitioners, teachers, students and others to develop new and innovative approaches to partnerships.IEL will provide new content for #PTchats as well as connect them to national networks of family and community engagement practitioners. Previously, these chats (accessible here) have focused on some of today’s most challenging issues for family and community engagement. The weekly conversations will be archived for dissemination while reflections and insights are made available through weekly 10 minute #PTchat Radio Podcasts, created in cooperation with the BAM Radio Network. 
Past guests, in addition to parent and teacher participants, have included education experts and practitioners such as Michele BorbaSteve ConstantinoAnne HendersonLarry Ferlazzo,Jim DillonAngela Maiers and others.  This year’s #PTchat moderators encompass a cross section of lenses within educational systems around the globe including students, teachers, principals, superintendents, school board members and members of national parent and teacher organizations.  Not on Twitter? Follow our conversation live at http://tweetchat.com/room/ptchat
Online Video Vignettes of Best Practices in Family and Community Engagement
IEL will create video vignettes that amplify best practices in innovative family and community engagement happening around the world. IEL will work to build a collection of strategies facilitated by schools that highlight one or more components of Dr. Joyce Epstein‘s 6 Types of Involvementfor school, family, and community partnerships.
Innovation can mean low-tech or high-tech strategies, and we will be working to capture both types when considering video submissions. Schools with innovative practices to share, are encouraged to submit ideas using this form.
About the Institute for Educational Leadership
IEL’s mission is to build the capacity of individuals, organizations, systems and communities to work together to prepare all children and youth for post-secondary education, careers, and citizenship. For a half-century, IEL has championed the need for leaders at all levels to shake off their institutional constraints and work across boundaries to address the needs of young people and their families.  IEL serves as a catalyst that helps policymakers, administrators, and practitioners at all levels bridge bureaucratic silos and undo gridlock to improve outcomes for all young people and their families. Visit the IEL website for more information:
Join IEL on Twitter: @IelConnects
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