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“Use Storify to tell any story” is one of the taglines on the Storify website. Research Fellow Melissa Matarazzo did just that to tell the What’s Right in Education conference story using tweets that included the conference Twitter hashtag #WRIE. Check out the story here!

We encouraged attendees at this year’s What’s Right conference to “be part of the online conversation,” and invited them to join @StuderEducation and #WRIE on Twitter to:

Get Updates and Information

Ask and Answer Questions

Join Engaging, Ongoing Collaboration

Follow #WRIE to Share Takeaways

Below are select clips from Matarazzo’s #WRIE Storify story. The clips show how we used Twitter and explain why we used Twitter to engage attendees in an online conversation.

Get Updates and Information. Let attendees know where they can join the online conversation using signs and/or the conference program. In addition, let your current followers know your daily tweets will be conference-focused and tweets will suggest Twitter usernames of leaders to follow. Below are examples from What’s Right.


Join Engaging, Ongoing Collaboration. Engage attendees with a conference hashtag so they can ask questions, get and create content. Below are select example tweets from What’s Right.


Follow #WRIE to Share Takeaways. Share insights and takeaways throughout the day, at day’s end, and at the completion of the conference. Below are examples from What’s Right.


Recognize Attendees for Leading What’s Right. Highlight accomplishments and recognitions of those in attendance, as well as attendees who lead great teachers earning recognition.



Keep the Conversation Going. Encourage attendees to keep the conversation going – beyond the conference – and connect them with online resources.



Matarazzo’s story using the takeaways and conversation from the #WRIE Twitter feed was my introduction to Storify. Are you a teacher? Think about how Storify might transfer to the classroom as a medium to engage students and share content. Try Storify with your students and have them “use Storify to tell any story” (website). If you do, let me know what you think; continue the conversation on Twitter using the #WRIE hashtag.





MatarazzoAll photo/screen clips used in this post are from the Storify of WRIE authored by Melissa Matarazzo. Melissa Matarazzo is a Research Fellow at Studer Education and a doctoral candidate in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Urban Superintendents Program. Melissa most recently served as the Executive Director for Achievement and Accountability in the Charleston County (SC) School District.  Prior to her work in South Carolina, Melissa served as a middle school principal in the Peabody (MA) Public Schools, and as an 8th grade teacher and assistant principal in the Derry (NH) Cooperative School District. Melissa has served as a supervisor of teacher interns at the College of Charleston, SC and an adjunct instructor at American International College in Springfield, MA. Follow Melissa on Twitter at @LrngLdr.

What’s Right in Education 2013 was an opportunity for educational leaders to connect with other high performing educational leaders, and discuss how to set board and superintendent measures and cascade those across all levels of leadership in the district; identify what “right” looks like in service excellence; and become part of a district leadership collaborative.

“Onboard. Provide the Framework. Engage Employees.” Day 3 Takeaways from WRIE – Read here.

“Creating a Culture of Excellence.” Presentation by Dr. JoAnn Sternke, Superintendent, Pewaukee School District, and Mr. Dean Baldhus, Executive Director, Kentucky Center for Performance Excellence – Read here.

“Keep changing the face of education. I am so inspired and motivated.” Day 1 Takeaways from WRIE – Read here.

“More People Next Year and More Sessions on What’s Working.” Post about the presentation by School District of Menomonee Falls Principals and Teachers at WRIE – Read here.

Our mission at Studer Education is to provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the sixth straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.