“Anyone who is a part of the educational community, private or public, can sign up to blog — parents, students, administrators, faculty or staff,” said Holly Chesser, director of member engagement for the Southern Association of Independent Schools and one of the site’s three editors. “We are actively seeking new, diverse voices.”
Launched Aug. 1, 2011 by Westminster Schools physics teacher John Burk, Lovett School Director of 21st Century Learning Laura Deisley and Trinity School Director of Teaching and Learning Megan Howard, the site is edited by the team of Westminster language teacher Ted Sadtler, Lovett math teacher Jennifer Murphy and Chesser.
“We each have different roles but essentially we ensure we have a blogger for each day, we ensure each post is received by 5 p.m. to be loaded that evening along with a brief bio and a photo that complements the focus of the post,” Chesser said.
The Sandy Springs resident said recruiting writers to submit 250-word entries is ongoing.
“We have reached out to all members of the Atlanta educational community with tweets from our Twitter account, our Facebook page, individual emails to teachers and administrators and personal requests,” Chesser said.
Social media metrics include 260-plus followers on Twitter and 100 Facebook likes, which Chesser said she hopes to translate into another year of reaching the goal of 180 posts.
“Last year’s posts were as varied as can be, from the most abstract ‘big picture’ revelations to very specific learnings such as why trees lose their leaves in the fall,” she said.
One of the first posters was Westminster student Anna Harrison, 12, who shared a photo of herself and her pony Beau jumping a hurdle at the Chastain Horse Park in Buckhead after seven years of lessons.
“If you strive for perfection, you’re going to have to shoulder the burden of failure. There’s always going to be some little flaw — your heel isn’t down, you can’t hit the right note, you can’t figure out a math problem,” she wrote. “If you want perfection, you need to be prepared to fight a losing battle. Seven years can make you great but no amount of time can make you perfect.”
On the web: www.edu180atl.org