On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Well, I’m not your true love, but I am your go-to gal for all things about schools and social media. Today, I’m featuring 12 schools that I think you should be following to get awesome ideas for your own district. Check them out and become a follower. It’s the quickest way to take your own school’s story to the next level of greatness!
- With frequent Facebook posts, beautiful images, and regular links back to news articles from their website, New Life Academy just gets it right. They are all over social media, so check them out!
- From community events, reminders, and happenings in and out of the classroom, Milton School is tweeting up a storm! I also love one of their hashtags – #MiltonSuperHeroes. Not only is the school active, but tons of their teachers are as well. Twitter is the place to be.
- My friend Melissa McConnell (@EdTechMack) suggested this Instagram page for inspiration. I just became their 700th follower of Randolph School! They use their images to help steer followers to website content. It’s also neat to see them use #rstories15, which will provide an archive of the amazing student stories from the year of 2015.
- With a large district of over 5,000 students, Chippewa Falls School District does a great job of celebrating all of their schools on Facebook. You’ll also frequently see the #MightyCardinals hashtag show up along with their cool “I’m a Mighty Cardinal” banner in a variety of photos.
- The Howard-Suamico School District twitter feed is filled up with original tweets, retweets, and so many great images. They post 5-6 tweets a day – #awesome!
- Pulaski School District is doing a lot of things right on their Facebook page. Check out all of those likes! And they have started using social media to share plans for the Red Raiders Field of Dreams campaign. The sketches look impressive and they always link back to a specialized website that provides more details.
- Take a look at the awesome customized pages from Eudora School District on their Facebook page. They have an official welcome page that explains the comment policy and the site also gives a nice look at the school buildings in the district.
- There is always something going on in the Kenosha Unified School District. They are climbing up to 10,000 likes. Wowza!
- Instagram is the place to be! Hopefully your school is getting active with this channel too. Cameron School District is sharing a variety of images on their page and the community is showing the love.
- Video links – even if they are under 20 seconds – are great to house within your school’s YouTube channel. Cumberland School District gives a great example of how videos can show off their students to the world. And check out that awesome channel art!
- Kimberly School District gives another example of a dynamic Facebook page. I love the customized invitation to sign up for the newsletter.
- Peel School Board is rocking Twitter 59.4 K followers. This isn’t just one school district – it’s 250 schools up in Canada. They are set up a bit differently, but they have a lot of incredible stories they share on their Twitter feed. They define the power of retweeting!
Inspired yet? I hope so! Grab some of these tips and get them started in your own school.
And one final note; I’m based out of Wisconsin – can you tell? Almost all of these schools are from the cheesehead state. Can you help broaden my horizons and suggest schools from across the country that I should be following? Comment below!
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Maria Carter-Ewald says
Thanks so much for the inspiration! Would love your feedback on our small school district’s facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/WhitmoreLakePublicSchools/!
Andrea Gribble says
I think the page looks great. Fantastic graphic updates. Frequent updates. I’d love to see more photos of students. I’d also suggest putting some of your neat motivational posts onto photographs of your students. I think with more video and photographs from students, you will see a jump in likes, comment and shares on your page! But overall, great job and keep it up!
Haley Charlton says
Thanks for some great ideas! What do you think of our city school district’s page? http://www.facebook.com/dpsschools
Hi! I am the Social Media Director at my school!! Thanks for this info! And check out or Facebook, and let me know what you think!! Mansfield Elementary School @SchoolMansfield (Facebook and Twitter handles)
Andrea Gribble says
Looks great – keep up the good work!
Michelle Cronk says
Good morning, Andrea! I’d love your feedback on our social media as I continually look for ways to improve engagement and increase our number of followers. I know we definitely need to get back to driving folks to our website – particularly since we just launched a redesign in October.
We are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NKCSchools/ and @NKCSchools on Twitter. Feel free to email me any thoughts: Michelle.Cronk@nkcschools.org! I really appreciate your insights.