TeachersConnect General

Setting the Audience of Your Posts

If you belong to a teacher community on TeachersConnect, then you can post solely to that community using the “Audience” button. Your post will only appear to the people who belong to that community.
  1. Click the “Audience” button under the text box
  2. Click the community select drop down menu
  3. Choose your desired community
Note: If you do not use the “Audience” button, then your post or question will appear to the entire TeachersConnect Community.

What happens if a post is disrespectful or unprofessional?

If you see a post that is disrespectful or unprofessional you can contact support at TeachersConnect to notify us. We reserve the right to take down posts at any time. In addition, if an individual makes multiple posts that we need to take down, we reserve the right to ban that individual from the community. Our decision is final.

Who is responsible for “bad” information or advice on TC?

We do not judge what is good vs. bad advice or information. TeachersConnect is a community for teachers that encourages discussion and the consideration of a range of ideas. What each teacher does with ideas or content they get from the site is his or her responsibility. Our philosophy is that uncovering “bad” information and having a healthy, positive, evidence-based discussion about it, results in a powerful learning experience–and is much better than disseminating “bad” information without any discussion.

We also recognize that there are very few absolute truths in teaching and learning, and we urge community members to be more curious than critical and to consider perspective, different classroom characteristics, and varied personal interests when joining a conversation.

If you see a post that you believe includes misinformation, we encourage you to respond to it by being positive, respectful, asking questions, and working hard to turn the discussion into a learning experience for you, the initial poster, and anyone else who is following along.

Can I post copyrighted materials?

You are responsible for all material you post, including to the extent you do not have the right to use such material. TeachersConnect is not responsible, and you are required to indemnify and hold TeachersConnect harmless for, any liability related to your unauthorized materials.

Is it okay to post files, photos, or videos that include students or their names?

No. Files, photos, and videos that include students or their names are “personally identifiable information” as defined in the Family and Educations Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Any information that could link possibly to a specific student should not be posted without the consent of the students and/or guardians involved.

If you would like to post student work to receive feedback from colleagues, make sure to remove or block names or any other information that could identify the author (eg. Names of siblings in a personal narrative, addresses, events).

When sharing photos and videos with the community, do not show student faces without student and/or guardian permission. If needed, you may show the backs of students’ heads at a distance or digitally block student faces.

For more information, please review the FERPA Guidelines: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

Can I post anonymously?

You can ask questions anonymously in TeachersConnect by clicking the “Audience” button and selecting “Post as Anonymous” when creating a question. When you do so, the question cannot be traced back to the asker by anybody in the community. The purpose of this is to give you a way to ask questions that you might be nervous about asking publically. Note: Answers to anonymous questions are not anonymous.

Why can’t I see my teacher preparation program on TeachersConnect?

One of the goals of TeachersConnect is to help Teacher Prep Programs create lasting relationships with alumni. If you don’t see a community for your Teacher Prep Program, it is because your program is not yet one of our partners. If you want to let your teacher preparation program know that you’d like to see them on TeachersConnect, reach out to them!

What happens when I ask a question?

Questions appear to other users in a dedicated space for questions and answers. Other teachers can scan through the list of questions and answer those they feel knowledgeable about. Questions and answers remain visible forever so new answers appear over time as more teachers provide new and different answers.

Where do my posts appear to other users?

Everything you post on TeachersConnect goes to a ‘feed’ called the “TeachersConnect Community”. Any teacher on TeachersConnect can search through the content and find your posts.

When you follow someone, you can click “Menu” and then “Your Connections” to view the posts of people you follow. This means that if someone follows you, they will be able to see your posts (and posts from other people they follow) in their “Your Connections” feed.

Your posts are also saved to the “Contributions” section of your profile, so you can retrieve them when you want them.

When you post to a separate Teacher Community (by selecting the “Audience” button while creating a post or question), then that post will only appear in that community and the members of that community.