Whether you want to learn a bit about early childhood development and education or you’re preparing to dive in for a full-fledged career in education, it’s a good idea to have a resource for inspiration and news.
Below, we have compiled a list of 33 education Twitter accounts. These accounts showcase bloggers, government officials and organizations, schools and teachers who make up the world of education, and in-turn, should give you a great picture of what working in education is like.
If 33 accounts sounds like too many to sort through, don’t worry - we’ve created a short bio for each person on our list to give you more context of who they are, why we included them and what kind of tweets you can expect from them.
You’ll notice that we have organized the list into categories for quicker navigation. Simply click on a category below, and it will take you to that exact spot on the list.
All right, you’re all set – ready, set, tweet!
1. Vicki Davis // @coolcatteacher (63,256 followers)
As one of the co-founders of the Flat Classroom Project – a student-centered, multi-modal learning environment for teacher-to-student and student-to-teacher interaction –Davis (a.k.a. “The Cool Cat Teacher”) embraces technology in the classroom.
2. Fran Simon // @FSSimon (5,079 followers)
Simon brings together education and technology communities on Wednesday evenings (9 p.m. EDT) for the Twitter chat she launched and hosts, #ECETechChat. In addition to her weekly Twitter conversations, Simon is an author, teacher, technology enthusiast and a co-founder of ECE Webinars.
3. Margaret Powers // @mpowers3 (2,544 followers)
Powers is an early learning technology coordinator and an educational technology consultant. She often shares her interest and passion in the potential for technology to be used as a global tool for collaboration and communication in the classroom.
4. Matt Gomez // @mattBgomez (10,635 followers)
Gomez is a kindergarten teacher and father who runs the popular EdCamp Dallas – one of the nation’s largest free meetups for educators and administrators where they can network and share ideas. He also runs the Twitter chat, #Kinderchat, where parents and educators participate in tech-focused conversations.
5. Lisa Guernsey // @lisaguernsey (2,766 followers)
Guernsey is the director of the early education initiative at the New America Foundation, in addition to the author of Screen Time: How Electronic Media – From Baby Videos to Electronic Software – Affects Your Young Child. She offers tweets about developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) in teaching young children, technology and early education issues.
6. Jose Vilson // @TheJLV (5,878 followers)
As a math teacher and data analyst, Vilson serves on numerous boards dedicated to diversity in the classroom, including social media, social justice and civic engagement. He typically tweets about what he is doing in education including his recent book, This is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and the Future of Education.
7. Joan Young // @flourishingkids (9,775 followers)
Young, an elementary teacher and academic coach, has a passion for building efficacy in children. She often tweets about this very subject along with ideas for the classroom, the best teaching practices and her book, 25 Super Sight Word Songs and Mini-Books.
8. Kevin Corbett // @kevin_corbett (22,308 followers)
As an e-learning program developer and educator, Corbett focuses on the learning potential of games and social media in the classroom. You can expect his tweets to focus on technology in the classroom and pushing the boundaries of that subject.
9. Lyn Hilt // @lynhilt (13,791 followers)
Hilt has a lot of experience in the education field – in addition to being a college instructor, she’s also been an elementary principal and currently is an elementary technology integrator. She is a proud, connected learner and likes to share her opinions on technology in the classroom.
10. John Robinson // @21stprincipal (13,578 followers)
Working as a principal, Robinson is a lover of education technology, education and policies that impact public schools. He often tweets about technology in education and advocacy for public education.
11. Robert J. Marzano // @robertjmarzano (30,262 followers)
As the co-founder and CEO of Marzano Research Laboratory, which translates research and theory into educational practice, Marzano shares the educational findings and studies his think tank produces.
1. Deborah Stewart // @Teach_Preschool(17,543 followers)
As an early childhood educator for over 25 years, Stewart has experience working in the field as a teacher, director, curriculum writer, music director and a consultant for staff training and professional development. She now dedicates her time toward writing her blog, Teach Preschool.
2. Melissa Taylor // @ImaginationSoup (21,994 followers)
Taylor has experience working as an editor, writer, dual-language teacher, literacy coach and preschool teacher. Currently, she is a teacher with a masters of arts in education and writes for her blog, Imagination Soup.
3. Karen // @TeachersView(5,479 followers)
As a retired mathematics teacher, Karen has more than 30 years’ experience in teaching. Currently, she provides helpful content on educational issues for teachers, students and parents on her blog, A Teacher’s Viewpoint. A typical tweet from her can include tips on educational issues and teaching.
4. Tonya Wright // @LiteracyCounts (8,174 followers)
Wright has experience working as a preschool and kindergarten teacher, which she prepared for with her master’s degree in education. In her tweets she will typically share about her experiences in education and literacy. On her blog, Room to Grow, she says that writing about early childhood brings her joy.
5. Kara Lawson // @KaraNoelLawson (3,518 followers)
As a mom and a blogger, Lawson shares her experiences from motherhood with her four children. Within her writing (Small Things Are Big Things) – as well as tweeting – you can find many DIY projects, causes that she is passionate about and fun activities to do with your kiddos.
6. Bethe Almeras // @balmeras (10,671 followers)
You can find Almeras tweeting and blogging at The Grass Stain Guru. Topics include kids’ activities, general education, parenting, development and play. While she’s currently a center director and motivational speaker for educational issues, she has experience in counseling, therapy, teaching and writing.
7. Allison McDonald // @NoFlashCards (11,963 followers)
As founder and editor of No Time for Flash Cards, McDonald has been teaching children for more than 10 years. She has experience working as a preschool teacher, reading tutor and childcare center director. Along with teaching, she dedicates her time to writing for her blog and writing preschool curriculum.
8. Karen Nemeth // @KarenNemethEdM (5,347 followers)
Nemeth holds a bachelor’s of arts in psychology, a master’s in education, learning, cognition and development, and is also a certified baby sign language instructor. In addition to her many accomplishments, she contributes and consults for Language Castle, a website focused on building appropriate preschool services to meet the needs of children who speak English as a second language. You will find her tweeting about language backgrounds, children and preschool.
9. Carrie Anne Badov // @cbadov (4,078 followers)
As a mom of three and an editor-in-chief for Everything Mom, Badov shares her experiences as through tweeting and blogging. Family activities and children’s literature are two subjects she mentions frequently.
10. Amy Bellgardt // @MomSpark (48,169 followers)
Bellgardt is a work-at-home mom of two boys and the creator of Mom Spark, a blog and website that helps moms connect with other moms, exchange tips and share experiences. She typically tweets about arts and crafts, parenting, recipes and activities.
11. Kristen Howerton // @kristenhowerton (13,638 followers)
Creator of the blog Rage Against the Minivan, Howerton is a mom of four and a psychology professor. Her tweets often include advice for parenting, adoption support or social justice issues. She also tackles other issues surrounding motherhood, and being a marriage and family therapist.
1. ECE Webinars // @ECEWebinars (2,242 followers)
This organization produces webinars that are presented by several thought-leaders and experts in the field of early care and education. In addition to producing webinars to connect early childhood educators with experts, this organization tweets about the topics upon which the webinars are based.
2. policy4results // @policy4results (5,386 followers)
This organization is “dedicated to helping policymakers make sound decisions that contribute to better outcomes and opportunities for all children and families.” Typically, the organization tweets about educational policy and recent blog posts on issues in education.
3. Arne Duncan // @arneduncan (105,228 followers)
As the United States secretary of education, Duncan works in the country’s highest office to provide better education systems in America. What you can expect to hear from him includes expanding charter schools, standardized testing and No Child Left Behind.
4. United States Department of Education // @usedgov (272,384 followers)
The United States Department of Education dictates how public schools in the U.S. run. Typically they talk about current events and issues happening within the American education system, as well as advice and issues concerning teachers.
5. The National Association for the Education of Young Children // @NAEYC (24,698 followers)
NAEYC is the world’s largest leading organization for the education of young children. The organization shares about early literacy, technology in the classroom, preschool and early education, and will feature articles from educators and education experts.
6. Brain Parade // @BrainParade (1,464 followers)
Brain Parade works to tap into the rich potential of touch-screens in early learning and special education. The organization creates apps, including See.Touch.Learn., for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
7. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center // @CooneyCenter (9,823 followers)
The Joan Ganz Cooney Center has been creating engaging content for young children for more than 40 years. The organization is the creator of the Children’s Television Workshop, now known as Sesame Street. Through the workshop, they study and share the impact digital technology has on learning and early literacy in young children and share their findings and other relevant content through Twitter.
8. Justin Hamilton // @EdPressSec (27,342 followers)
As the press secretary for the U.S. Department of Education, Hamilton shares news about the latest policy decisions impacting American schools and teachers.
9. Sara Mead // @saramead (5,754 followers)
Mead works as an education policy analyst and writes about educational policy. She typically analyzes and tweets about the educational policies coming from our nation’s capital, and the educational system in America.
10. Gates Foundation // @gatesfoundation (1,014,833 followers)
The Gates Foundation was created by Bill and Melinda Gates – you likely know the former as the co-founder of Microsoft. The organization works to better education by building and giving supplies to schools around the world.
11. Randi Weingarten // @rweingarten (26,972 followers)
As the president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Weingarten is committed to improving schools, hospitals and public institutions for children, families and communities. She often tweets about the work the AFT is doing, along with the safety and efficiency of these public places.
(Note: all follower calculations were pulled on September 17, 2013, and have likely changed since.)
If you’re looking for a more streamlined way to follow each Twitter account than individually following them, we have created a Twitter list with each user account. Just follow this Twitter list link and click on ‘subscribe’ to keep up with all 33 education Twitter accounts.
Not ready to dive into a career in education, but still interested in more education-related content? Check out 100 Apps for Teachers or 10 Early Childhood Education Pinterest Users for a greater look into the world of childhood development and education.
Did we miss any education Twitter accounts? If you don’t see your favorite on this list, let us know in the comments below!