Breaking Your Own News

The days of “extra, extra, read all about it” are gone. Newsrooms have shrunk and consolidated and news consumers have other options in the palm of their hands. So what are superintendents to do when they have news of their own? Break it yourself. The changing media landscape requires districts to become their own newsrooms. […]

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Land Acknowledgement 101: Honoring Native American Heritage

School districts acknowledge numerous holidays, traditions, and observances throughout the year, but do we acknowledge the native land that our communities are on? One way to consider honoring Native American heritage throughout the year is to implement the practice of land acknowledgement at public functions. Kicking off school events and gatherings with acknowledgment of the […]

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Effective Communication Across Your District

One shoe does not fit all when it comes to communicating important messages to school districts and families. In fact, better communication with families fosters relationships centered in trust, ultimately improving the student’s success. In the effort to bolster communication efforts for your community, evaluating the current systems in place and considering new ones is critical. […]

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Photography 101: Capturing Your District’s Story

We all know the power of photography and the importance of telling the district’s story. What image comes to mind when you think of your schools? We have a few tips to help! #photography As communicators, we must be able to tell the school districts’ stories as effectively as possible. Here are a few photography […]

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It Takes a Village: Tackling Rising Childhood Obesity

Nutrition serves as the building blocks of a solid foundation, making the issue of childhood obesity, highlighted during the month of September, increasingly important to educators. Impacting one in six youth according to the National Children’s Health Survey, obesity disproportionately affects minorities as well as low-income students.   Remaining innovative in solutions by collaborating with community […]

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Why Latinx?

Why Latinx? The answer-inclusion for the 62.1 million diverse and intersectional identities that make up the culture. As a school leader, taking cultural relevancy into account is paramount as conversations around inclusion become more prominent. Incorporating Latinx into the conversation, policies and community engagement within your district’s plan will elevate the district’s mission and values […]

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How are you Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month?

As a leader in education, honoring Hispanic Heritage month is much more than simply curating culturally themed social media posts, it’s about meeting the needs of the community!  Celebrated between September 15th to October 15th, Hispanic Heritage Month is more important than ever as the growing Latinx community makes up 62.1 million of the population, […]

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Beating them to the Chase in a Crisis

When found in the center of controversial claims, sometimes, beating your accusers to the punch can mitigate the consequences. Known as the “stealing thunder” technique, this crisis communication strategy involves revealing the negative facts/information about yourself or a situation before it is mentioned by the opponent or other individuals.  According to Science Direct, “Stealing thunder […]

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The Essential 10: Photos Every District Needs

Photos are your school district website’s best friend because, done well, they brighten up any page and allow you to bring your district’s story to life. In an era dominated by photo and video-driven social media, photos can be the difference between winning or losing the 7-Second Rule – the amount of time to capture […]

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TikTok it to the Top: A Tale of One Superintendent’s Social Media Success

Georgeanne Warnock jumped on TikTok as a way to troll her four school-age sons, which grew into an opportunity to influence her educational peers on TikTok. Georgeanne, superintendent of Terrell Independent School District, joined TikTok as an entertaining way to keep up with her teenagers, a demographic that spends an average of 75 minutes per […]

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