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Connected Leadership

Connected Leadership
It’s Just a Click Away

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September 2014 | 72 pages | Corwin

You’re at the top—but never alone!

Take the leap and connect with other educators and leaders through social media. Educators learn to transform relationships with their students, staff, parents, and with the overall community in this simple guide to social media.  With real-life examples from K12 educators who’ve integrated social media technology and education, this guide helps educators to harness the power of connectedness and change the way you lead.  Jump in and you’ll learn how to:

  • Develop a personal learning network
  • Tell your school’s story through blogging
  • Use connections to transform your leadership

The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Being a Connected Educator is more than a set of actions: it’s a belief in the potential of technology to fuel lifelong learning. To explore the other books in this series, visit the Corwin Connected Educators website.

Check out the Connected Educator Series matrix to find out which book is right for you.   

"This book has practical examples of how educators can use Web 2.0 tools to grow professionally and personally. Cook describes his journey as a lead learner in a way that is easy to read; he inspires, engages, and encourages the reader to move from isolation to connection."

Dwight Carter, Principal
New Albany High School

"After reading this book, you'll be inspired by the stories of newly connected educators. If you've been hesitant to take the plunge into the social media waters, you'll be ready to jump right in after this quick and informative read."
Erin Klein, Teacher and Blogger

Preface by Peter DeWitt
Introduction: Message to Prospective Connected Educator
1. A Thousand Mile Journey
Getting Started

Navitaging the Web

The Digital Footprint

Personal Story From a Connected Educator - Brad Gustafson

2. Time and Priorities
How Will I Have the Time?

When Can I Connect?

Lurking and Learning

Personal Story From a Connected Educator - Thad Haines

What Do the Researchers Say?

3. Inner Reflection, Global Exposure
Blogging, Tweeting, Pinning

I Don't Have Anything to Say or Write

Who Will Read This?

Personal Story From a Connected Educator - Ben Gilpin

5. Building an Alliance
Professional Learning Network

Chats and Supporting the PLN

Personal Story From a Connected Educator - Amber Teaman

5. Transformation
Paying It Forward

Understanding Your Leadership Color: What Will You Reveal?

Losing My Leadership Mojo

Paying It Forward

Improving the Learning Environment

Transformation Takes on Many Forms

Personal Story from a Connected Educator - Theresa Stager

Reflection of a Trailblazer: Melinda Miller



"How relevant are you as a school leader? This is the essential question that Dr. Cook succinctly addresses in this handbook that is positioned to be an essential reading for any 21st Century leader.  His work details the power of connectivity to break down silos of information and get school leaders off isolated islands to improve professional practice and transform schools.  By weaving stories of how practitioners have benefited from connecting through social media, Dr. Cook presents the necessary ingredients for change that can be implemented immediately."

Eric Sheninger, Principal and Corwin Author, Digital Leadership
New Milford High School, New Milford, NJ

"In this book, Spike Cook presents a practical, easy to understand, and more importantly easy to implement manual for becoming connected. Spike uses real life experiences from connected educators to highlight the tenets of the book. This is a must read for the connected and soon to be connected leaders!"

Todd Whitaker, Professor of Department of Educational Leadership
Indiana State University

"Dr. Cook’s book is one of the best and most practical examples of how educators can take advantage of Web 2.0 tools to grow professionally and personally. He describes his journey as a lead learner in a way that is easy to read; he inspires, engages, and encourages the reader to move from isolation to connection.


I will not only share this book with my new staff and faculty, but with parents to help them understand the evolving role of today’s educator. In today’s era of accountability, Dr. Cook provides examples of how educators can use Web 2.0 tools and social media to gather evidence of the creative and student-centered learning that takes place in their classrooms every day. Finally, his journey inspires me as a connected educator to continue try a few new tips to better share stories from my school and to continue to find ways to engage the school community through social media."

Dwight Carter, Principal
New Albany High School, New Albany, OH

"Each of us possesses the innate desire to continually improve and be life-long learners; however, change is not always easy. In fact, it can be frightening and even challenging. Whether you're a leader at the district level or within your own building, connecting and collaborating with others is powerful. With today's digital tools and social media platforms, learning together has never been more accessible. After reading Dr. Cook's book, you'll quickly become inspired by reading the real stories of newly connected educators and how much of an impact this has had on their practice. If you've been hesitant to take the plunge into the social media waters, you'll be ready to jump right in after diving into this quick and informative read."

Erin Klein, Teacher
Cranbrook Educational Community, Bloomfield Hills, MI

"As of now there are about 20 books in the Corwin Connected Educator Series, a seemingly ever-growing set of titles masterminded by Peter DeWitt and Corwin Press. Each book is short enough to be read in one sitting, which makes the collection ideal for book studies and professional development, both during the summer and throughout the school year. Also, each paperback is authored by one or two educators who speak (and blog, tweet, etc.) with a credible voice in the world of connected education. Some of the topics include:
  • Flipped leadership
  • Tools for connecting educators, parents, and communities
  • Blogging for educators
  • Best practices for establishing a makerspace
  • Tools to connect and empower teachers

Finally, all of the authors are active on social media, and they regularly present at local conferences, which helps in bringing to life the contents of these books."

Ross Cooper, Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12
Salisbury Township School District, Edutopia
Key features

This book is for the educator who is hesitant about getting connected. It tells the stories of several Connected Educators, discussing the myths about social media they had to overcome and the results that being connected has had on their schools. This book meets school leaders where they are at and gives them a roadmap for transformational change in their schools through connectedness.


This book will give leaders:

  • An understanding of social media and its benefits for educators
  • Tools for becoming connected
  • Proof through research and examples of how connectedness makes a difference

There is also the Connected Educators Series website where readers can connect with all of the authors of the series, find more resources, and find real support for putting flipped leadership into practice.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Connected Educators Series Preface

Chapter 1

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