I am loving the enthusiasm around alternative education and how social media is bringing like-minded people together. I think this is due to national interest in accountability in alternative education. I am really excited regardless. I thought in this blog post I would share my favorite #alted minded follows!
Twitter: My favorite #alted friend and #alted sister Jillian Damon started a successful #alted twitter chat every Sunday night at 6 pm that provides insight and support for #alted educators of all capacities. With weekly host, you get a glimpse at what others are doing and learning with and among peers. It is fabulous! Follow @Jillian_damon for more #altedchat info
My other twitter friend and author I met at the Reaching the Wounded Child Conference this past summer never always provides interesting and thought-provoking posts in support of vulnerable students. Follow @Angelsuperhero
Other favorite follows include @NAEA_HOPE or the National Alternative Education Association as well as @NDPCn the National Dropout Prevention Center, both have conferences where you meet some of the best most passionate educators I have ever encountered. To add to that list @RAPSA is great for research-based practices for alted and vulnerable populations as well as @ASCD and @solutiontree for general curriculum/all things education.
Last, but not least I love following @CCEAeducation as it is the primary source of all things continuation schools, for those not in California, alternative secondary schools that serve over aged, under-credited youth.
Other favorite follows include:
Facebook: I love facebook because I am able to read thought-provoking articles from what I have deemed reliable sources and really good content facilitators from various pages and people. Some of the most valuable articles I get is from @edutopia, @papertiger movie page (it has all things ACES related), @edsource, @PDK, @TheTraumaProject, @attendanceworks, @mindshift, @teachingtolerance, @traumainformedpractice, and @mindfulschools
Instagram: Instagram is an idea-generating machine and it allows you to see inside other teachers classrooms to get ideas for yourself. Although, I myself, an not a great instateacher I love scrolling through my feed to see valuable ideas that I can use or adapt for my classroom or school. My favorite teachers that inspire me are @welcome_to_alt_ed for instant alted teacher in classroom ideas, @traumainformedpbs for trauma-informed tidbits and daily inspiration about teaching kids that may have experienced trauma, @pathway2sucess1 for various strategies that might work for students, and @centerontrauma for trauma and adversity awareness and training.
Also, I use Instagram to get ideas and guidance on new strategies I try to use in my classroom that I can tailor for alted. This year I wanted to incorporate lit circles so I followed @superheroteacher and saw that she had a workbook for any novel on @Teacherspayteachers. I used @thesuperheroteacher’s workbook and I hosted a book tasting for my students that was inspired by many teachers on Instagram and have loved the results, especially in a mixed grade level (11th and 12th grade English) mixed ability alted English class. Instagram is seriously exploding with ideas, you just have to tweak them for alted.
If you are looking to connect to other #alted educators post with the #alted hashtag and if no one else will follow you, I will :) Let’s connect!
*None of this was sponsored, I am not that cool.