Meet the Principals of TikTok
Principals on TikTok?! Yes, TikTok.
Why is EdWeek writing about this? Because it's fun. And it's a tiny break from all the heaviness we're shouldering. (Programming note: Prepare for an overuse of parentheticals in this post.)
This isn't an EdWeek-style explainer on why principals are on TikTok or the bigger meaning of millenials, Gen Xers, and maybe some boomers infiltrating a platform dominated by pre-teens and teens.
Nope, it's just a simple list of some school leaders who've embraced the wildly popular video app filled with 60-second dances, lip syncs, and comedy bits.
The #principalsoftiktok I've now spent several hours watching are entertaining, hilarious, creative, and passionate. (Special props to colleagues Stacey Decker and Maeve Sheridan for their help in finding some of these gems.)
See it for yourselves. Here's my list of stand-out creators.
The Most Followed (and Prolific) Principal (in an unscientific search)
That's @drzeisner. She posts her daily intentions—including the all-important "you will pee today"—that get upended by the mundane, absurd happenings at school. And when her administrative assistant appears, hilarity ensues.
The Principal With the Best Moves
That's principaldiaries—the dopest dancer in the #principalsoftiktok community—who professes her love of middle school.
The Principal Who Gives You All the Feels
For me, that's @mrsappiahmcnulty, who confronts sexism, racism, and celebrates the brilliance and joy of her children.
The Most Passionate Advocate for Bilingualism
That's @josemedina1000, a former principal who now consults on linguistic diversity and cultural competency in education and a proud, fluent speaker of Spanglish, challenges educators to dismantle systems of oppression. His spoof of teachers partying at an out-of-town conference...just watch it.
The Best Demonstrator of COVID-19 Cleaning Protocols
That's @principalmansur, who also posts a lot about the give and take of a modern marriage.
The Principal With the Most (Pop) Cultured Students
That could be @hawkeyeoftexas, who has an elementary student speaking their mind on burning issues of our time: "Don't drink bleach. Carol Baskin killed her huzzband."
The Principal Obsessed With Sticky Notes
Image: @principaldiaries via TikTok
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