ENGAGE! Using Twitter to Reach Parents and Teachers


Sherri Wilson,
ENGAGE! columnist on
PTA One Voice Blog

Twitter has become a terrific way for parents and teachers to connect with others and create their own personal learning network (PLN). This year I was asked to be one of the moderators for #PTchat, a weekly chat where parents and teachers from around the world engage in a collaborative dialogue.

Every Wednesday night from 9 to 10 pm EST, parents and teachers from around the world engage in lively discussions. Each week features a different topic and many feature guest experts who contribute to the conversation.  Topics cover everything from planning back to school nights to engage all families to balancing academics with extracurricular activities.

To join the chat, all you need to do is log on to Twitter and search for hashtag (#) associated with the chat you are joining, in this case #PTchat. The moderators post a series of questions and participants respond.  #PTchat uses a “Q1, Q2, Q3…” and “A1, A2, A3….” format to organize the questions and their responses. The chat moderator asks the first question using “Q1” and everyone else uses “A1” in their response.

When taking part in the chat, everyone uses the hashtag #PTChat so the tweet remains linked to the chat. Most chats are archived so you can enjoy them later! You can read the archived #PTchats at http://www.iel.org/ptchat/index.html. If you are already on Twitter, join us! If you aren’t, it’s not too late to log on and join in now!

ENGAGE! is a weekly column on Family Engagement written by Sherri Wilson, Senior Manager of Family and Community Engagement at the National PTA. Sherri is the former Director of the Alabama Parent Information and Resource Center and is currently responsible for developing and implementing programs related to family and community engagement at the National PTA.

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