First of a series.

As a school-leader, I always have sent out an email “Monday Memo,” with important news of the week, thanks and acknowledgement, agendas for upcoming meetings, suggestions for advisory meeting topics, mini-surveys, and much more.   It is a very important part of my leadership routine.

The most important part of these weekly memos has for several years been the QoTWs: the Quotes of the Week.

I usually put in somewhere between two and four short quotes from the most interesting articles and blog-posts of the week, with links to the full pieces.  Quite often these quotes planted seeds, advanced my educational leadership agenda, and prompted collegial conversations that would last all week.  In some cases they sparked significant changes or enhancements of individual teaching practices and even school-wide curricular reform.

Usually, 90-95% of the time, quotes I’d select would represent and reinforce my point of view, my educational philosophy.   Sometimes, though, I do share especially compelling or well-written pieces which make cases opposing my views, and the conversations which follow can be especially rich.

Other educator/bloggers I know do a great job of sharing on their blogs their own weekly reading suggestions, including George Couros’s excellent “You Should Reads” and Bo Adams’ new #MustRead Shares.

My goal is to continue my Monday ritual by sharing my Quotes of the Week (QoTW) each week here on my blog. For the sake of my readers, I’ll strive to  cap them at just five (no matter how tempting it often is to go beyond that).

Note: this weekly post will be somewhat redundant to those readers who follow me closely on Twitter.

QoTW, August 6:

[Have students] comment on blogs and publications. Help students find out who’s writing about what they care about. When they do, support them in joining the conversation by commenting on those topics and even proposing a guest post or article.

5 Ways to Develop a Connected Student by Lisa Nielsen. (more…)