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Entries from December 2011

Happy Holidays!

December 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

My Favorite Munchkin Max

Hoping that all of our Bedford families have a wonderful holiday season!  In the coming week, take the time to relax and savor the company of those who are most important to you.   As we end 2011 in the schools, we have much to be thankful for.  Most significantly, we thank you for entrusting your children to our care and for supporting our schools in all that you do.

May 2012 bring you much happiness!

Tags: Community · Parent

Social Media and Schools

December 19th, 2011 · No Comments

An article in yesterday’s New York Times captures the dilemma schools face as we encourage the use of more social media in our schools.  Teachers, parents, and students use the new media as a primary form of communication so as a district we need to be sure that we enable our staff to use Facebook, Blogs, Google, Twitter, etc. in a manner consistent with the professional standards we set forth for both teachers and administrators.  From my perspective, using social media is just another venue for communicating  with the constituencies we serve.   Whether we use social media or the more traditional newsletters to share information, we are all expected to maintain appropriate boundaries consistent with the professional position we hold and the responsibility we assume in the schools.

The new media present both a challenge and an opportunity enabling us to  generate  online conversations.  Moving  into these new venues, we need to be thoughtful about both  the information we create and share and our capacity to manage a professional online environment that is not intermingled with our personal lives.

Yesterday’s New York  Times article offers some food for thought for all of us as we encourage the use of the new media supporting a culture that fosters collaboration while protecting both students and teachers.    If you are interested in reading the article, here’s the link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/business/media/rules-to-limit-how-teachers-and-students-interact-online.html?_r=1&ref=technology

Tags: Community · Digital Learners · Parent