The Top Twitter Feeds in Education Policy (Crowdsourced Edition)



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On Monday, I published my annual list of the top education policy twitter feeds. It hit a nerve. And for that, I’m grateful, because I immediately heard from the twitterverse that I overlooked some important people. Here I attempt to correct my oversights with the latest and greatest list for 2013. (It reflects Klout scores and followers as of August 13, 2013.)

Most of the people originally left off the list are teachers. Two years ago, when I wrote about top tweeters, I posted two lists: One for education policy wonks, and another for teachers. As for the latter, I focused on teachers who mostly tweeted about, well, teaching: sharing lesson plans, teaching tips, and (most often) ideas for integrating technology into the classroom. (Technology like Twitter!)

But what about teachers who tweet mostly about education policy and education reform? This has become much more common, it seems to me, and these folks (such as Sabrina Stevens, Audrey Watters, and Jose Vilson) clearly belong on my ed policy list. As they are now.

The other day I bemoaned the fact that my list had so few women (less than 30 percent) and zero African-Americans or Latinos. The additions (and subtractions) since then have led to somewhat more balanced list. Forty-four percent of the 18 individuals on the updated list are women, and 11 percent are African-Americans or Latinos.

Am I STILL forgetting someone? Let me know. As I’m sure you will!

—Mike Petrilli




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  • Ray Salazar says:

    It’s always interesting to me that the most of the ed policy voices about situations that affect most black and brown children are white.

  • [...] list was modified Wednesday so that 11% of the voices in the top Twitter feeds list belong to African Americans and Latinos.  [...]

  • Khalilah says:

    Glad they were acknowledged. Doesn’t change the underlying quandry of why people leading (or identified as leaders by those wielding check books and the legislative pen) do not look like those they claim to be “fighting for.” Sure the people added are powerful voices, but, is the only reason they weren’t originally included because they are teachers? Seems convenient. Why weren’t they “seen” before, just as I wonder why many (orgs and individuals) on the list rarely to never discuss systemic racism or dismantling poverty in any in depth or authentic way while professing their outrage about this or that. *shrugs*

  • xian barrett says:

    I would love to be included as well. I also find it interesting that through no ill-will–simply perspective oversight–the most powerful educator voices were excluded.

    It reminds me of the time one of my colleagues who is a TFA CM said, “My mentor is a grandmaster–he’s taught longer than anyone!” “How long?” “5 years.”

    I was in my 8th year teaching. Our colleague up the hall, who is a true grandmaster was in her 34th year teaching.

  • alexanderrusso says:

    My just-increased Klout score vaults me up to #20 on the Petrilli index (rev). My 12k followers get me up to #18 http://ow.ly/nXIFH

  • Ray O'Brien says:

    I would think @chrislehman or @willriich45 are two names that are omissions for me. You’ll always have problems when you create these lists though.

  • JMOChicago says:

    So interesting. I wonder how a hyperlocal focus would change this list. The rise of hyperlocal communities of practice/interest via social media (e.g. “just Chicago” or “just Chicago teachers”) would create very different lists, I imagine. I’ve been deeply interested in ed policy in Chicago for the last year, use Twitter avidly, yet only follow 3-5 people on this list (but my longer list of 183 is packed with education voices talking about District policy from all sorts of perspectives).

    Top [pick a #] lists are difficult.

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