New Communication – Talk Radio & New Podcast #Engage109

It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path at Dell. There’s always an opportunity to make a difference.”- Michael Dell

In the Deerfield Public Schools District 109 we take communication very seriously! We use email and telephone notification systems and we also use a district “app”. In addition, our hashtag #Engage109 on Twitter allows us to tell our story in real time and with images and video and text.

Facebook for the district as well as the six schools is also still a highly used communication medium.

Of late we have been expanding our communications via interview (blog radio interviews), and we are also starting a DPS109 Podcast (which you can subscribe to on the iTunes store). We’ll share more about the Podcast in subsequent blog posts; for now we are going to issue a podcast episode at least once a month, and more frequently when district news warrants it.

With this blog post I’m sharing one of these new forms of communication, an interview with one of the District 109 parent leaders, Mrs. Patty O’Machel. Patty has taken the lead on Disability Awareness Week planning and facilitation. This pro-social series of lessons and experiences help remove the fear that some people have when encountering people with differences. Patty is a leader that you should learn more about!

Patty and I were recently interviewed with Larry Jacobs … listen below:

Blog Talk Radio Interview with Larry Jacobs on the EDUCATION IN AMERICA: FOR PARENTS AND COMMUNITY radio show.

#ASuperDay – Superintendent Social Media Story/Communication via Twitter and Blog Talk Radio

Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.”
– Dalai Lama

Twitter is quite possibly the best source of professional learning for educators and educational leaders – it’s free, it breaks barriers of time and space and it’s full of thought leaders who show innovation and leadership in real time and in real settings. School leaders are finding more and more connections with like minded – and unlike minded – folks who affirm that which works and who challenge that which can work better! In DPS109 we celebrate and showcase innovation and learning via the #engage109.

As a Twitter fan and supporter, it is empowering to learn from so many around the country and world on a regular basis. Twitter chats, like #suptchat for superintendents allow idea sharing, professional learning and overall growth and support for students at all levels (P-20).

The main goal for superintendents and all school leaders, educators, teachers, school service personnel, etc. is for STUDENT LEARNING and GROWTH. The eyes on the prize as shared before is on student support, student learning and community engagement and teacher training and development and learning!

Through this post the highlight is #ASuperDay on Twitter. Today’s post showcases a fun, free, and powerful communication initiative:

Introducing a monthly superintendent communication opportunity for us to own the message about what’s right with education – celebrate our leadership using #ASuperDay on Twitter – the 3rd Wednesday of every month

This year, principals around the country started to use #APrincipalsDay to share/celebrate highlights of their work. New Jersey Superintendent Scott Rocco, @ScottRRocco has introduced the idea of #ASuperDay for superintendents to do the same.

#suptchat is always held on the first Wednesday of the month. Now, continuing with March 18th, the 3rd Wednesday is dedicated to #ASuperDay.

All you need to do on the #ASuperDay is tweet about what you are doing throughout your day and include the hashtag #ASuperDay. This will help us recapture the national story about the important, relevant, and powerful work that we all do on a daily basis.

Please spread the word and tell your friends and colleagues. Let’s get #ASuperDay trending all day on March 18th! Also use #LeadExcellence, AASA President Dave Schuler: “We must find time to transcend, dream & lead. Please share how you are doing this with #leadexcellence. Let’s take back the agenda.”

Your friends at #suptchat,


Today Joe Sanfelippo called into Blog Talk Radio and shared thoughts on #ASuperDay as well as superintendent use of Twitter and Social Media, please listen below:

Check Out Education Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Superintendent Thoughts on BlogTalkRadio

Blog Talk Radio – “Podcast” about Innovative Spaces in DPS109

“There is greatness all around you–welcome it! It is easy to be great when you get around great people.”
– Bob Richards

Mrs. Marcie Faust, Dr. Jeff Zoul, and I share a “blogtalk radio” episode (shared below) where we are Modeling the Way with digital communications in an effort to express and share innovative planning in DPS109! Please listen and share your thoughts. Jeff and I plan to launch scheduled “talk radio” episodes in the coming weeks and months.

Our inaugural post is about a new innovative initiative in DPS109, the Classroom of the Future!

As it is our first post and we did it live the first 10 seconds are a bit choppy …

Check Out Education Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Superintendent Thoughts on BlogTalkRadio