So The Journey Begins: The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators #30Goals

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Over 4600 educators joined the The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators since January 2010. The 2011 journey for The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators begins officially tomorrow, February 1st! Watch the video or listen to the podcast for more details. The reflection will mostly be through video blogging on The 30 Goals Youtube Playlist, podcasting, and supporting each other on various social networks/mobile apps, such as Facebook, Twitter, and 43 Things. You will also read very short related posts in this blog and at Lisa Dabb’s (@TeachingwthSoul) Teaching With Soul blog. Lisa will be helping support the various social media forums. I’m glad to have her expertise and experience in this area, especially since she had accomplished so much by mentoring new teachers in the #NTChat and through The Educator’s PLN Ning Teacher Mentorship group. All these social networks are free.  Eye on Education will be publishing The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators book that will be available for purchase. Keep an eye out! I’m super excited to be working with this publisher who has published books by other educators I admire like Larry Ferlazzo and Angela Maiers.

Exciting News!!! If you join the challenge at least once a week by posting on any of the social networks your reflection of one of the goals then your name will be placed in a raffle to win an autographed copy of the book. I also have a special surprise to announce near the end of the challenge!

What is The 30 Goals Challenge?

For the next 30 days a community of educators will aim to accomplish 30 short-term goals related to education. We support each other through various social networks. This year we will go above just blogging! We are incorporating blogging, video blogging (vlogging, vodcast), podcasting, a mobile app (43 Things), microblogging (Twitter), Facebook, and a radio show. You choose which of these free forums you participate in and how much you participate! Feel free to lurk as well!

How Do You Participate!

Choose to participate in any of these free ways! Remember if you participate once a week with a reflection about one of the goals for that week you will be entered in a raffle to win an autographed copy of the book that comes out in the fall of 2011!

  • add a comment below
  • add a video blog as a response on The 30 Goals Youtube Playlist
    • just record it off your webcam and tell us your thoughts! We’ll add these to the Facebook group and the Twitter feed!
  • like and add updates to the 30 Goals Facebook group
  • add a comment or link through Twitter using #30goals as the hashtag
  • Got a smartphone?
    • Download the free 43 Things app and add the 30 Goals as one of your items! This cool web/mobile app allows you to blog about your progress easily 🙂
    • Subscribe to the podcast through iTunes! Scroll down the page to see the button!
    • Subscribe to the Youtube Channel then click your Youtube icon, go to more, and the most updated videos will be listed under Subscriptions!


Join the movement and spread the word!

Don’t forget to leave a comment that you accomplished this goal by either posting your own video reflection on Youtube, using the hashtag #30Goals, posting on the 30 Goals Facebook group, adding a post to 43 Things web/mobile app, or simply adding a video or text comment below!

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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),, and on her blog,, 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


  1. Shelley,

    I just discovered this today! Count me in as I think the idea is amwesome.

    Must share this quote from Peter Senge that Eric Sheninger shared in his great blog post reflection on Educon

    “You cannot force commitment, what you can do…You nudge a little here, inspire a little there, and provide a role model. Your primary influence is the environment you create.”
    Peter Senge

    Looking forward to seeing how this develops!


    • Welcome aboard Henry! It should be a great adventure! Last year was truly amazing! It literally changed my life and know it did a few others. One educator told me today that The 30 Goals helped him to pursue his passion and now he has a job doing what he loves. This was less than a year of the challenge so I’m so amazed at the feedback from last year!

  2. Thanks for running the challenge again Shelly.

    Last year I was a lurker, so this year I have decided to be a more active participant. Count me in.

  3. Excited to join you Shelly on this fabulous journey! I look forward to our awesome collaboration and connecting to so many other educators world wide! A Toast to The 30 Goals!!

  4. Dear Shell!

    What an insightful project! Reading the 30 Goal Challenge has been highly inspirational for me. It’ll be a pleasure for me to record my reflections on the matter.
    Hugs from Argentina!
    Marisa (@Mtranslator)

  5. Excited to be part of this too! We all need some external motivation and being part of this team is the nudging I needed! Let’s do it!

  6. I’m eager to join in but need clarification – if all the challenges are related to using technology in the classroom then I’m in trouble… Are the challenges written up anywhere? Thanks!

  7. I’m so excited to join you again this year Shelly! Also super excited about the new use of the web 2.0 tools. Way to take a good thing and make it even better. Thank you for all you do to teach and motivate others!

    And to Lisa…I’m looking forward to the things you will bring to the 30 Goals challenge this year! 🙂

  8. This is a cool way to engage me! Glad I found this January 31 still in Hawaii. Going to find the app to put on my phone to stay connected.

  9. I am a new teacher, but super excited about learning new ways to not only motivate myself, but also my kids! I love reading about different ways to enhance planning and teaching with technology, so I can’t wait for this adventure to begin!

  10. I did not participate in the 30 goal challenge last year because I did not start tweeting until mid Feb. of 2010. Since that time I have interacted with many of the educators who tweet and blog. Several are listed in my blog as blogs I follow. I am excited to get to be starting the challenge on day one and plan to make it te start of my day! Thanks Shelly. This is great. I love your blog and your obvious passion for teaching. -Evelyn

  11. I’m thrilled to be a part of this! I’ve been a lurker for a long time and am looking forward to learning how to add my own voice and encouraging others to add theirs.

  12. I am so happy to do this! This year my goal is to participate actively with my pln, not just be an observer. This is right on the agenda! I am so excited about this challenge! I will catch up! thanks for the inspiration
    Dorothy Fox

  13. Taking this Challenge will get me out of my comfort zone. Blogging, putting in writing, has seemed scary and overwhelming. Thanks for offering this again 🙂

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