- brand of the organization
- personal brand of the leader
- mission and purpose of the organization
- how the organization will accomplish the mission
Communication is not just something we should be doing in the classroom, at faculty meetings, or at conferences. If education is to move forward in a meaningful way that includes the perspectives of educators, parents, and students then communication must include social media. After all, that is the way our children are communicating every day.
The BOLT Student Leadership Institute is a great example of the power of communication through social media. If you'd like to see a multimedia record of our student leaders' adventures and learning, just look to social media platforms and search #BOLT2015. You can find pictures, videos, blog posts, and student comments:
As we were saying our farewells to the kids and they were saying their farewells to one another, I couldn't help but notice that they were not trading cell phone numbers or email addresses. They were trading usernames for Instagram and Snapchat. If we are going to truly communicate about the future of education, our students must be a part of the conversation. And if we want them to be a part of the conversation, we need to learn, use, and model good citizenship on the social media tools they are already using.
If we fail, educators and students will always be speaking a different language. Without communication there is no leadership. Without leadership, there is no change.