Taking the Next Step

Five months ago if you asked me about Twitter my answer would have been, Yeah I heard about it but it really isn’t for me. I probably would have answered the same thing if you asked me about started a blog and blogging.
That all changed four months ago when I began following educators on Twitter and a whole new world was opened to me and I was learning from educators all over the world. I learned about developing a PLN and I started following many of the people that were associated with Connected Principals. The next step on my journey was to share my ideas on Twitter. An amazing thing happened people were actually interested in what I had to say and that gave me the motivation to start blogging, which again surprised me that people actually valued what an Orthodox Rabbi in Memphis TN had top say about education. Before I knew it I was following over 1,500 people and had over 700 people are followin

g me. One of the things that I preach and practice to both my students and my teachers is that one always needs to be learning and growing.
I asked myself what is the next step? I have always valued the members of Connected Principals and I wanted to know how I could be a member so that I could have more of an impact and help others the same way many of the Connected Principals helped me. Today through a series of Direct Messages and emails with George I took the next step and joined the Connected Principals. My other goal is to form a PLN of Judaic Studies teachers to help bridge 21st Century Skills with Judaic Studies.

The steps that I have taken haven’t been major ones nor have they radically uprooted the status quo. They have been small, measurable and achievable. Perhaps the simple small steps that I have taken over the last four months can serve as encouragement for all of us as we embark on ways to improve and meet the needs of our students.

I encourage you to join me on my journey to grow as a teacher, administrator, leader, and most importantly a person and in doing so help our students reach and maximize their potential.



  1. Akevy,

    I admire your courage and willingness to share your journey with everyone. Your steps are very similar to mine and I have been continuously amazed at the growth I have had since I started networking with other administrators. As a leader though, if I am expecting my staff to do this for their students, I better be willing to put myself out there.

    You are leading by example and that will make all the difference. Great that you could join us!

    October 4, 2010
    • George,
      Thank you for your kind words. It is you and the others however that truly inspired me.I am honored to join you and the others in making a difference.

      October 4, 2010
  2. Akevy:

    This is a great piece. It is really exciting, the way in which new technologies and tools are allowing us as educational leaders to be networked in such fabulous new ways.

    I also really like the way you recognize that leading and learning, in this day and age especially, are inherently intertwined. Blogging and tweeting are not just tools for communicating what we already know, but even more so, ways for us to learn more, and share that learning journey more publicly. We must model ourselves as continuous learners publicly, and not be afraid to do so. By showing this to our constituents, students, parents, and teacher, they will appreciate that if their school-leaders are willing to admit they are still learning, and still need to learn, everyone will strengthen their own learning and growth mindsets.

    It is exciting to be part of a team, and Connected Principals feels that way. Thanks George, and Akevy for sharing.


    October 6, 2010
    • Jonathan,

      Thank you for your very kind words.
      It truly is amazing of how much I have grown through using technology to connect with educational leaders all over the world.
      I am looking forward to being a part of this committed and exciting team of educational leaders.

      Again thank you for your kind words and encouragement.


      October 6, 2010

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