TeachersConnect FAQ

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 by hitting the “Contribute” icon, creating a question, selecting the “Privacy” button, and choosing to “Publish Anonymously”. 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.

Could my principal or boss or instructor be on TeachersConnect?

Yes. Assume that anybody who works at a school or teacher preparation program could have an account. If you’re nervous about being judged on your contributions to TeachersConnect, we’ve got a few suggestions for you:

  • Post a question anonymously to the entire TeachersConnect network.
  • Keep your posts professional and respectful at all times:
    • Only mention individuals when you want to call out their accomplishments or victories.
    • Show that you’re a problem solver. If you have a complaint, turn it into a specific question or invitation for others to solve the problem with you. Ask yourself, “Is a teacher likely to respond to my post by sharing a resource, tip, or offer to collaborate?” If the answer is “no,” see if you can restructure your post.
    • Avoid venting. Yes, you’re a classroom teacher, and you’re faced with hundreds of challenging and potentially frustrating situations every week, but venting online can leave others feeling helpless. Share your challenges, describe your obstacles, and be honest–but make sure your language doesn’t alienate others.

I’m in education, but I’m not a classroom teacher. How does TeachersConnect help me?

TeachersConnect partners with many different educational entities that work with teachers. Our goal in working with these organizations is to make the voices of teachers heard in the broader educational community. We work with organizations like teacher preparation programs, school districts, and curriculum or professional learning providers to share insights and data that help them design powerful classroom resources and experiences.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a TeachersConnect partner please contact Dave Meyers at dave@teachersconnect.com