14 Days of Advocacy: All Things Social



It’s absolutely fascinating that you can hold the world in your hand. A text can be sent halfway around the world in a matter of seconds. Watching “Downton Abbey” recently, it was easy to get caught up in the nostalgia of how people used to correspond. A written note, perhaps an invitation to lunch or tea, would travel miles by car or horse. A response received several hours or days later.


Today all things newsworthy (and sometimes not) are shared in seconds via social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest — the list goes on and on.


MSBA has a presence on Facebook and Twitter.


Facebook allows us to post or share all sorts of information with our members. Members can “Like” or comment on the post in an open discussion.


Twitter is great at sharing quick, real-time news or information. A “tweet” is no more than 140 characters in length and will sometimes include a hashtag, which serves as a searchable link to allow users to track discussions.

There are two ways school board members can be better informed leaders. During the 2016 MBSA Leadership Conference, we used the hashtag #MSBA2016. If you had searched #MSBA2016, you could read all the tweets from the conference.  Another way to use a hashtag is to search a topic.

For example, type in #ESSA in the search field and it will pull tweets associated with the Every Student Succeeds Act, as well as make recommendations for related searches.


Please visit http://www.mnmsba.org/AdvocacyMonth for other activities you can participate in this month during MSBA’s “14 Days of Advocacy 4 Students.”



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