Effective Leadership: Interview with Patrick Larkin

Interview 7 of Twittering for Education

Many of us who read blogs, use Twitter, and are active users of social media have seen the amazing learning taking place at various schools. In the midst of so much negativity in the press towards educators and education, I am extremely happy to see some schools have brought upon positive press about their schools. How can we begin to get the media interested in school success stories if we believe that education transformation begins with following model examples? How can we use social media to spread the word of the great learning taking place at various schools? I was excited that Patrick Larkin, @BHSPrincipal, answered these questions in a recent video interview! He is a principal who uses social media to demonstrate effective communication and leadership with the staff, parents, and students within his school!

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Patrick Larkin, @bhsprincipal, is the Principal of Burlington High School in Massachusetts where he completed his 13th year as a high school administrator and sixth as a building Principal. Prior to serving as a school administrator, Patrick was a high school English teacher. As an Assistant Principal, Patrick was named Assistant Principal of the Year in the state of Massachusetts. He also is a former Executive Board member in the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Administrators Association (MSSAA) and he recently completed a two year term as a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Public Secondary Schools. He is an avid blogger and a proponent of social media to better engage teachers, students, and parents in the education process.

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Previous Interviews

Check out the previous interviews Twittering for Education- Jo and Phil Hart, Twittering for Education- Eric and Melissa Sheninger, Twittering for Education- Will and Elle Deyamport, Connected Principals- George Couros, 1:1 Programs- Rich Kiker, and Mobile Learning with Kids- Scott Newcomb!


Investigate ways to inspire others in your school through social media. For example, if you haven’t started a blog to share with others at your school, then consider doing this.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations


  1. So awesome that Patrick believes in modeling blogging, tweeting, Twitter chat. If administration isn’t willing to do it, it won’t catch on. Great job Patrick!

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