People on Twitter have been seeing the hashtag #edjusticeleague used a lot in the last few months. They have been asking: Where did it come from? Who are they? What’s it all about? How can I join?
So here’s the scoop on the #edjusticeleague:
WHO WE ARE:
@TheConnectedEdu (Chrissy Romano-Arrabito)
@AJBianco (AJ Bianco)
@mrnesi (Christopher Nesi)
@missraskin (Dani Raskin)
@iruntech (Stacey Lindes)
@MrSchoenbart (Adam Schoenbart)
HOW IT ALL STARTED
It happened one day at the @EdNado conference a few months ago. AJ Bianco and I met on Twitter back in the winter and had already met face to face a few times. We were presenting a session on Tech Tools for the Classroom that day. Someone from @EdNado started tweeting that morning that the #dynamicduo (AJ and me) would be presenting that day. He and I got a kick out of that and we quickly became known as “Batman” and “Robin” at the conference that day.
During the lunch break, some others from Twitter (Stacey, Dani, Adam, and Chris) sat with us. We talked, ate, and laughed a lot. Chris Nesi was wearing a Superman t-shirt so naturally we started referring to him as “Superman”. We already had “Batman” and “Robin” so the game began to match the other three people with superhero alter-egos. “Wonder Woman”, “Black Canary” and “Arrow” were chosen and the #edjusticeleague, a group of “edu-heroes” was born.
WHAT WE ARE
First off, let me say that it really started out all fun and games. It was an inside joke that made it’s way onto Twitter. Shortly after that conference we decided to start a group on Voxer so we could keep in touch easier. We started “voxing” each other and slowly but surely it became a daily thing. We checked in every morning and at the end of every work day sharing our highs, lows, “edu-wins”. Sometimes we even “voxed” during the day when support, advice, or tech help was needed. My #edjusticeleague peeps were and continue to be always there for me.
Today, the #edjusticeleague has become a source of support, helped me grow my PLN, voices of positivity each and every day, good friends, and my “edu-heroes”.
CAN YOU JOIN?
The #edJusticeLeague does not require a membership. It is not something that you can join. It is not a clique or social group. It is something that formed organically. Our personalities, mindsets, goals, etc. just happen to fit together. Our educational visions are the same. In essence, we are a mastermind group. According to Karyn Greenstreet, the #EdJusticeLeague fits the description of a mastermind group to a tee. We challenge each other to set powerful goals, and to accomplish them. We are commited, willing to both give and receive advice and ideas, and support each other with total honesty, respect and compassion. Our group acts as catalysts for growth, devil’s advocates and supportive colleagues. Chris Nesi said it best one day, “We want teachers to be more connected and influence more positive change for the world of education.”
So there you have it!