There is nothing quite like collaboration with fellow educators.
The willingness to share ideas, talk over challenges, and encourage one another is why the teaching profession is so special. Once upon a time, this collaboration could only take place locally, in small groups or at a conference or professional development session. Now, however, technology has made connecting with fellow educators as close as your laptop or smartphone.
Social media has enabled educators to meet up at convenient times and locations for the free exchange of ideas. One of the most popular forums is Twitter, which hosts a wide variety of chats especially for educators. From special education to administration to specific grade levels, chances are you’ll find other educators who share the same passions and challenges as you do.
Talking With Other Teachers on Twitter
We’ve talked about the power of Twitter in the past. There are practically as many Twitter chats as there are topics to discuss – all you have to do is find one that fits your interest and jump right in.
Because the rules and guidelines that govern education vary from state to state, it is often helpful to talk with other educators in your state. No one else has a better understanding of the joys and challenges you face than teachers who live where you live. State-specific chats include:
Educational Twitter Chats By State
Please note: the times listed for these chats are Central Standard Time (CST) except as indicated.
|State||Chat hashtag||Day & Time||Other Notes|
|Alabama||#ALedchat||Mondays @ 9:00 pm CST|
|Alaska||#AKedChat||Mondays @ 10:00 pm CST|
|Arkansas||#EduAR||Thursdays @ 8:30 pm CST|
|California||#caedchat||Sundays @ 10:00 pm CST|
|California||#IEedchat||Mondays @ 7:30 pm PST||Southern California|
|Florida||#FLedchat||Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm CST|
|Georgia||#huskychat||Mondays @ 7:00 pm CST||Cobb County, GA|
|Illinois||#ILEdchat||Mondays @ 9:00 pm CST|
|Illinois||#AIMSnetwork||Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm CST||Illinois Middle School Educators|
|Indiana||#INelearn||Thursdays @ 8:00 pm CST|
|Iowa||#IAedchat||Sundays @ 8:00 pm CST|
|Kansas||#KSedchat||Mondays @ 8:00 pm CST|
|Kentucky||#KYadmin||Mondays @ 6:00 pm CST|
|Maryland||#MDedchat||Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm CST|
|Michigan||#michED||Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm CST|
|Michigan||#MASSPchat||Mondays @ 7:00 pm CST||MI Secondary School Principals|
|Minnesota||#MNLead||Sundays @ 7:00 pm CST||Minnesota Leaders in education|
|Missouri||#MOedchat||Thursdays @ 9:00 pm CST|
|Nebraska||#NebEdChat||Mondays @ 9:00 pm CST|
|Nevada||#NVedchat||Mondays @ 9:00 pm CST|
|New Hampshire||#NHed||Sundays @ 6:00 pm CST|
|New York||#nyedchat||Mondays @ 7:00 pm CST||every other week|
|North Carolina||#NCed||Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm CST||every other week|
|Ohio||#ohedchat||Wednesdays @ 8:00 pm CST|
|Oklahoma||#oklaed||Sundays @ 8:00 pm CST|
|Oregon||#OrEdChat||Sundays @ 10:30 pm CST|
|Rhode Island||#edchatri||Sundays @ 7:00 pm CST|
|Tennessee||#tntechchat||Mondays @ 8:00 pm CST|
|Texas||#txeduchat||Sundays @ 8 pm CST|
|Texas||#TXed||Wednesdays @ 8:30 pm CST|
|Virginia||#vachat||Mondays @ 7:00 pm CST|
|Virginia||#NOVAedchat||Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm EST|
|Virginia||#VAESPchat||Sundays @ 7:00 PM CST||Virgina Elementary School Principals|
|Wisconsin||#wischat||Sundays @ 7:00 pm CST|
|Wisconsin||#wiseduchat||Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm CST|
|Wyoming||#wyedchat||Sundays @ 9:00 pm CST|
Other Twitter Chats to Follow
While it can be helpful to talk with other educators in your own state, sometimes you need a little broader view. Specialty chats, like those for secondary principals or school counselors, can help you to learn new things, too. When you use Twitter as part of your personal learning network, you can connect with fellow educators both far and near. We’ve compiled a list of specialty educational chats for your PLN here.
Do you have an educational Twitter chat to add to our lists? Tweet us at @PBISRewards and let us know about it!