If you aren’t on Twitter already, maybe this list will be the push you needed to give it a try. We’ve rounded up our ten favorite organizations to follow on Twitter. All of the organizations on our list are dedicated to supporting teachers and students as readers and writers. Though they’re presented as a ranked list, each organization has served as a source of trustworthy advice, research, and ideas to us at Two Writing Teachers. We hope you’ll enjoy them as well!
Mindshift is a podcast produced by KQED, San Francisco’s public radio station. On the podcast they feature real teachers and real kids in a way that most other news and media coverage does not. On Twitter, @MindshiftKQED not only shares the latest podcast episode, but they often share relevant, up-to-date, and super interesting articles, ideas, and information that all teachers can dig into.
If you’re looking for book recommendations, tips for teaching or instructional coaching, links to really good articles, or general inspiration, you can get a daily dose of these by following @teachersforteachers.
We’ve been huge fans of The Nerdy Book Club forever. Their blog/website and Twitter feed is a treasure trove of not only book reviews and recommendations–but stories of teaching reading, learning to read, and loving to read. Published authors frequently write posts for The Nerdy Book Club, describing bits and pieces of their writing process and writing lives.
The Educators Collaborative provides an array of innovative professional learning experiences. Lots of online study groups and courses, as well as their free twice-a-year online “conference,” called TheEdCollabGathering. Follow @TheEdCollab for lots of up-to-date inspiration.
Following Stenhouse Publishers on Twitter will give you the inside scoop on all their new books coming your way. In addition to the latest news on what’s coming out, you’ll see updates on your favorite authors’ upcoming workshops and presentations.
Following Choice Literacy on Twitter helps you keep your finger on the pulse of what’s going on in literacy education and professional learning. New professional books, conferences to attend, articles to read, video clips to watch, you name it.
We Need Diverse Books is an organization with an important mission: “Putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children.” The We Need Diverse Books website, as well as their app, Our Story, provide important resources for building diverse classroom libraries and finding diverse mentor texts to use in writing instruction. They also mentor aspiring authors, and advocate for changes in the publishing industry. Follow them on Twitter to keep up with and be a part of the movement.
The folks at Heinemann Publishing are highly active on Twitter, sharing tons of great resources every day. Their Twitter feeds announce upcoming books and author presentations, as well as inspiration and information from around the web.
The National Council of Teachers of English is a gigantic organization of teachers, with over 25,000 members, and 62,000 followers on Twitter, it is an organization to know, if you didn’t know already.
The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, based at Columbia University, is professional home-base for a least a few Two Writing Teachers authors. From updates on innovative teaching practices, to live-tweets from TCRWP events, this Twitter feed is one you probably don’t want to miss out on.
If you’ve been on Twitter for some time, do you have a list of a few favorite organizations? Keep the conversation going in the comments section below.
And if you’re still holding out – will 2018 be the year that you join the thousands of other educators who are already connecting with each other on Twitter?
Literacy Coach, Consultant, Author, Graduate Course Instructor, and Mom. Passionate about fostering a love of reading and writing in learners of all ages.