Okay, I’m putting my money where my mouth is…
Starting today, CASTLE is kicking off an initiative to create 100 new principal blogs in 100 days. We’re looking for 100 principals who want to try and tap into the communication power of blogs for their school communities. This initiative is intended to complement the work being done at Class Blogmeister. The focus here is on principals, not teachers or students. Participants can come from anywhere on the globe.
We will create and host the blogs for FREE through at least Summer 2007. More information on participant expectations, how to sign up, etc. is on the Principal Blogging Project home page. We are looking for principals who want to experiment with this new communication medium and are willing to post at least once a week.
100 days from now is January 11, 2007. I will periodically post progress updates both here and on the Principal Blogging Project home page.
Please disseminate this post widely. Let’s get some principals blogging!
In addition to my series of posts on why administrators should consider blogging, here are two other resources on this issue:
I think the blogging project is a great idea. I know of no easier way to communicate with a large number of people. The most recent two blogs I created (since moving from the principalship to the central office) are discussed here: http://frankbuck.blogspot.com/2006/07/two-new-blogs.html
These are a little different from the ones I started either personally or with my school in that the idea with these two is that a variety of people are being encouraged to post. The idea is a little slow in catching on, but we are working on it.
As the Director of Educational Technology in a megadistrict and adjunct in Leadership and Technology at the Uniiversity of Central Florida, I have been a big proponebt of blogs. Recently I have persuaded a number of principals to get on the blogwagon. Fortunately, our X-serve has built-in blogging capability, so I cannot encourage our principals to join this site, but you might be interested in some of their posts.
http://teachers.ocps.net/weblog/ralphd/ (includes podcasts)
The technology class for administrators that I currently teach uses blogs in place of “reaction papers”. http://eda6260.blogspot.com
What about those of us who are already blogging?
Nice! Thank you for this outstanding effort to encourage my colleagues to get on board. I just posted about those who regularly comment on my blog, yet don’t have their own blogs. I would love to see what they might initiate on their own. If you need any help from principals who are already blogging, I’m in!
Chris (and Kim), we have you on our list:
Keep up the good work. Encourage a principal colleage to try blogging too!
George, thanks so much for sharing the principal blogs from your district. I added them to our list – they’re great! I especially liked Elise Gruber’s blog – she doesn’t even have a building yet but she’s doing a fabulous job of keeping everyone posted!
Frank, thanks for being an inspiration to all of us.
I am a Elementary Principal using Blogger for my weekly bulletin.
I am also the Director of Technology Planning and I blog at http://PepTechTalk.BlogSpot.Com.
Other Principals I have recruited to blog are:
Rogers High School
Zeiger Elementary School
Arturo Gonzalez (Planning Principal)
Caron Elementary School
Guy Kovacs(Planning Principal)
Edgerton Elementary School
Glenn, thanks so much for sharing these. I added them to our list!
They all look right except mine 🙂
Glenn E. Malone
Wildwood Park Elementary
I would like to add one to the list of blogs:
http://halhenderson.blogspot.com/ was established by Mrs. Alicia Laros, a 2nd year principal who is doing a superb job at her school.
Also, this is slightly off-topic, and I don’t know if you would want to include these on the list, but I invite readers to take a look at two blogs we created for our school system as a whole:
TalladegaCitySchools.blogspot.com is designed to be a vehicle for the us to communicate with the community. We are trying to get at least one person in each school contributing. This makes our blog a bit more unique instead of having one person author all posts, it’s open to different people.
TeachTalladega.blogspot.com is a tool for us to communicate with school system employees. It’s much easier to have a thought and that thought be available to the entire school system within 2 minutes than to write a memo, Xerox bunches of copies, and let the memo work its way down the chain and finally get to the teacher a week from Tuesday.
What a great idea! I would like to add my blog: http://www.kwhobbes.edublogs.org where I have been at it for about 2 months. Do I qualify as a new principal blogger? I like that there are at least two other administrators from Saskatchewan on your list. Gives me a few names with which to link. Let me know how this goes.
Kelly, I’ve added your blog to our list:
If you know of others, e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the info needed for the spreadsheet. Thanks for letting us know about your blog!