September 28, 2016

Principal Eric Sheninger on Leadership 2.0


The popular New Jersey administrator—@NMHS_Principal on Twitter—offered his prescription for enhancing school leadership in the digital age at School Library Journal’s recent summit in Arlington, VA.

The principal of New Milford High School in Bergen County, Sheninger (pictured) employs a full range of social media, from Twitter to Facebook, to foster “six pillars” of leadership, from professional development to communication, broadcasting in real time everything from sports scores to campus news across the entire school community.

The sole cost is time, says Sheninger, who manages New Milford’s Facebook and Twitter accounts himself.

“All we hear in the mainstream media is the negative things going on [in schools],” said Sheninger, referencing the recent move by the state of Missouri to restrict social media contact between teachers and students.

Got great things going on in your school? Let your community know, he urged.

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On October 14, 2015 Library Journal, School Library Journal, and thousands of library professionals from around the world gathered for the 6th annual Digital Shift virtual conference to focus on the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital transition’s impact on libraries, their communities, and partners. Now available on-demand, this year’s program provides actionable answers to some of the biggest questions our profession faces for and from libraries of all types – school, academic, and public and features thought-provoking keynotes from John Palfrey, author of BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google, and Denise Jacobs, tech leader, author, and creativity evangelist.
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  1. Josh Cogdill says:

    To restrict technology is to ensure your students and community will be unprepared to embrace and make the future.

  2. Mr. Sheninger is right! The media will happily report negative stories about your school and its teachers. It is up to YOU – the educators – to push out positive stories about your school.