Schoolwide Conversation Via Blogging

Chris Lehmann, principal of Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia finds the time to keep up a rich blog while running the school. The blog is an integral part of his daily administrative life, reading like the notes to a school community that are usually kept internal to the school. Chris reflects on issues of school development, funding, and operation with honesty and urgency that reflects the importance of his undertaking in Philadelphia.

Last week, Chris posted a statement of concern about student self-segregation to the school’s internal discussion forum. He received a flurry of replies from within the school and shared them anonymously on his public blog.

Every good school administrator strives to achieve this level of broad conversation within and beyond the school. In a wired world, this blog may represent the new form of reflection, transparency, and professional development essential to good administrator practice. On with it!

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