Breaking Out of Isolation: Becoming a Connected School Leader

In 2014, I was approached by connected principal pals, Dr. Spike Cook, Theresa Stager, and Jessica Johnson about contributing to a book they would be writing together. Needless to say, I was flattered and honored that they thought enough of my body of work to contribute to their book and share my experience and story as a connected educator.

The book they have written is titled, “Breaking Out of Isolation: Becoming a Connected School Leader.”

Here is the description of the book from Corwin:

As a school leader, you’re required to know more, anticipate change, and prepare young minds for the future. Through powerful vignettes and strategies, you’ll discover how innovation-minded school leaders connect to avoid isolation, lower stress, find support, and share ideas. Grow your professional practice and learn to:

  • Jumpstart and sustain your Professional Learning Network 
  • Strategically and meaningfully connect with colleagues and staff 
  • Overcome isolation for lasting impact

Includes tips on Twitter, Google Hangouts, Pinterest and more. Get real-world solutions with this easy-to-follow roadmap to transformational change! 

My contribution to the book can be found at the end of Chapter 2: Finding Your PLN.

In this ‘Educator Spotlight’ I share my story of how I came to use social media for connecting with other educators, how I use the House of #EdTech as a means of not existing alone in the world of education, and some of my views on the value of being a connected educator.

I recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more about not feeling isolated in leadership and also a teaching role.

Spike (HoET016, HoET025), Theresa (HoET012), and Jessica (HoET009) have all previously appeared on the House of #EdTech and having the opportunity to enjoy their podcast, PrincipalPLN, and get to know them outside of the education profession I am thankful to have them as colleagues and resources for just about anything I can throw at them.

Check out the PrincipalPLN Podcast and purchase a copy of their new book here.

Thanks for reading, viewing, and sharing!

Mr. Christopher J. Nesi