Thanks to all of you for making the launch day of the “Big News” feel so amazing.
As many of you now know, yesterday I publicly announced the new organization that I founded and direct. We’re called The Educator Collaborative.
We are a think tank and consulting organization working to innovate the ways educators learn together.
Collaboration Creates Opportunity.
This has really been a hands-on, labor of love for me. You can read more about this at my Welcome message I posted yesterday.
Our Consultants are my dream team. I nervously asked each one and I was delighted when they said yes. Each is an amazing educator in his/her own right and we are even stronger together. The Educator Collaborative is happy to arrange their, or my, consulting services or speaking engagements with your school or organization.
We have two online homes that I built from scratch (picture me in front of the computer screen for hours learning how to use website plugins and code), I hope you love them as much as I do.
The first is our main professional site. Here you’ll get to know us, our services – both in person and online, sign-up for our mailing list, and when our online offerings open up you can access registration here as well.
The second, sister site, is our exciting new social and networking website for teachers. Called The Educator Collaborative Community, it is a place to collaborate with teachers from across the world on education topics. Within one day of launching our membership on that site is already nearing 100 and continues to rise. People are posting questions, sharing answers, and forming discussion groups.
We intend to go beyond a typical online forum… innovation is what we do after all… Part of vision is to help educators use online tools for collaboration in newer, more personal ways. In this instance, we are launching soon a monthly series where we will take some of the most popular topics, groups, and people from the Community and bring them to a broadcast collaboration space. Sometimes it will be through a live broadcast hangout, sometimes through a virtual conference call, or other ways we hope to discover. We will take the hottest topics and bring our experts, experts from the field, and some of you on to discuss them live.
It is our free gift to the education community.
Naturally, you can find us on twitter (I mean, it’s me you’re talking about): @TheEdCollab and you can use the hashtag #TheEdCollab. We’d love to have you follow.
I am so touched by the positive responses over the last 24 hours. I know there are many places you go to learn, connect, and share, and we hope The Educator Collaborative will be one of those places for you.
Thanks for all you do for our profession, for your colleagues, and for your students.
Here’s to great things ahead!