7 K-12 thought leaders to follow now

DA's new list of educators and other resources to follow online includes a ninja, a hacker, a cool cat and a star

This list of educators and other resources to follow online includes a ninja, a hacker, a cool cat and a star. These K-12 thought leaders are sharing ideas about equity, staying motivated as an educator, and the future of grading.

Vicki Davis: Her well-followed, classroom-focused Cool Cat Teacher blog covers teaching, collaborating, staying motivated to serve students, and other topics. With 160,000 followers and counting, she’s been called one of the top teachers on Twitter. @coolcatteacher, coolcatteacher.com

Mindshift podcast: This popular podcast on the future of learning covers basic academics and equity as well as innovative trends such as gamification and mindfulness. @MindShiftKQED

Todd Nesloney: Known as a connected and transformational leader, he is the principal of John C. Webb Elementary in Navasota ISD (Texas) and co-author of Kids Deserve It! and Sparks in the Dark. @TechNinjaTodd, toddnesloney.com

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Pedro Noguera: This expert in urban education, race and policy founded The Center for the Transformation of Schools at UCLA. He is also a distinguished professor of education at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. @PedroANoguera, pedronoguera.com

Starr Sackstein: This expert on grading reform is the director of humanities for the West Hempstead Union Free School District (N.Y.). She also wrote Hacking Assessment and delivered the influential TED Talk: “A Recovering Perfectionist’s Journey to Give Up Grades.” @mssackstein, mssackstein.com

Joe Sanfelippo: This highly visible co-host of the Hacking Leadership Podcast is superintendent of the Fall Creek School District (Wis.). He has been called both a future-ready superintendent and a personalized learning leader. @Joe_Sanfelippo, jsanfelippo.com

Danny Steele: He writes the popular Steele Thoughts leadership blog and serves as principal of Thompson Sixth Grade Center in the Alabaster City School System (Ala.). @SteeleThoughts

Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick is a life-long journalist. Prior to writing for District Administration he worked in daily news all over the country, from the NYC suburbs to the Rocky Mountains, Silicon Valley and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He's also in a band.

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