23 Educationists You Should Definitely Follow on Twitter

Whether you want to learn a bit about early reading or you’re preparing to do something about the appalling reading levels of children, it’s a good idea to have a resource for inspiration and news.

We have compiled a list of education Twitter accounts you should definitely follow.

To make this list useful for you, we have created a short bio for each person on our list to give you more context of who they are, why we included them and what kind of tweets you can expect from them.

What are you waiting for, start reading and following. 🙂

1. Amber Gove

Dr. Amber Gove is Director of Research within RTI’s International Education Division. Much of her recent work has centered on the development of the Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA), a system-level diagnostic for understanding students’ foundation skills in reading. Dr. Gove has nearly two decades of experience collaborating with government education departments in project design and impact evaluation, research and data analysis, and policy dialogue. Her research and policy interests include improvement and measurement of student learning; education finance; conditional cash transfer programs; and factors affecting achievement, enrolment, and attendance. Follow her @AmberGoveamber gove image

  1. Dr. Robert Slavin

Dr. Slavin is currently Director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University and part-time Professor at the Institute for Effective Education at the University of York. As the Chairman of the Success for All Foundation he has turned basic research into comprehensive programs designed to harness the power of kids, unlocking their potential through cooperative learning. Follow him @RobertSlavinRobert image

  1. Andrea Sherratt

Andrea Sherratt leads the development of the ‘Every Child a Reader’ initiative, working closely with literacy consultants and the inclusion/learning/special educational needs (SEN) support service. Every Child a Reader provides literacy interventions to Year 1 and Year 2 children. The program supports schools to employ Reading Recovery teachers, who deliver daily one to one Reading Recovery teaching for the children with the most severe difficulties. Follow her @AJS21andrea

  1. Margeret (Peggy) Dubeck

Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Dubeck, is a literacy and assessment expert who aims to improve children’s achievement through empirical research. Her interest began examining dyslexic readers learning in multilingual contexts. She has extensive experience with assessments that are instructionally transparent and inform evaluations. She has created, modified, and established the technical adequacy of literacy, math, attention, and affective instruments in multiple languages. Her literacy interventions, designed for schools, community programs, and individualized settings include teacher and student materials, trainings, supportive technology and measures of fidelity. Follow @pegdubeckpeg image

  1. Penelope Bender

Penelope Bender is a Senior Education Advisor on the USAID Basic Education team. She is the Lead for the implementation of Goal 1 of the USAID Education Strategy, which aims to improve the reading skills of 100 million children around the world. She has more than twenty years of experience of instructional design, teacher professional development and support, curriculum, assessment and language of instruction in developing countries, especially in Africa. Prior to joining USAID, she worked with the Hewlett Foundation-Gates Foundation Quality Education in Developing Countries initiative and she also has extensive experience with the World Bank. Follow her @penelopeabenderpenelope image

  1. Arun. C. Mehta

Dr. Mehta is Professor and Head of the Department of Educational Management Information System (EMIS) at the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), India. He has authored books on Education for All in India, Enrolment Projections, Population Projections and Upper Primary Education and contributed a number of research articles in journals and in NUEPA occasional paper series; published a number of reports annually based on DISE data; and has worked as a consultant with World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO and ACCU (Japan). Currently Prof. Mehta is engaged in strengthening of Educational Management Information System in India at the national level and managing one of the World’s largest information systems i.e. District Information System for Education. http://schoolreportcards.in and www.dise.in  developed under the guidance of Prof. Mehta is the recipient of e-Governance 2010 & eINDIA 2010 National Awards among many other prestigious awards. Follow him @acmehta100ac mehta image

  1. Amy Jo Dowd

Doctorate in Education from Harvard University, Amy is currently serving as the Senior Director, Education Research at Save the Children US. She works extensively on Primary Education focussing on children’s reading abilities, teacher education, and educational assessment and evaluation. She is actively engaged with the organisation’s Literacy Boost program which engages the broader community in helping young children learn to read both inside and outside the classroom. Follow her @amyjodowdamy jo image

  1. Dr. Matthew Kam

Dr. Matthew Kam leads Google for Education’s user experience (UX) research efforts to invent the future of teaching and learning around the world. He is best known as a pioneer in designing mobile phone applications that have improved literacy in developing regions. Prior to Google, Kam was a senior researcher at the American Institutes for Research at Carnegie Mellon University where he started MILLEE (Mobile and Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies) project in 2004. He is co-founder and advisor to Learning Yogi, a social enterprise that aims to build sustainable technology solutions for improving 21st century learning among low-income children throughout the world. Follow him @matthewkammatthew image

  1. Michael Trucano

Michael Trucano is the World Bank’s Senior Education & Technology Policy Specialist and Global Lead for Innovation in Education, serving as the organization’s focal point on issues at the intersection of technology use and education in middle- and low-income countries and emerging markets around the world. He provides policy advice, implementation and planning guidance and thought leadership on the strategic uses of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in education around the world. As part of his research activities, Trucano leads the World Bank’s related analytical work under its flagship Systems Approach for Better Education Results initiative as it relates to information and communication technologies (SABER-ICT). Follow him @trucanotrucano image

  1. Steve Higgins

Steve Higgins is Professor of Education at Durham University. His research interests are in the effective use of digital technologies for learning and the use of evidence in the development of professional practice. He is the lead author of the Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit. Follow him @profstigsteve image

11. Karen Brenan

Karen is Associate Professor of Education at Harvard University. Her work focuses on computing, classrooms, and constructionism. Karen’s research is primarily concerned with the ways in which learning environments, both in and out of school, & online and face-to-face, can be designed to support young people’s development as computational creators. She completed her PhD at the MIT Media Lab in 2012, where she was a member of the Lifelong Learning Kindergarten research group. Follow her @karen_brennankaren image11. Bethan Morgan

Dr Morgan is a Teaching Associate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests lie in early and primary education with a focus on classroom teaching and learning in schools. Her core research has focused on classroom teaching and learning – in particular on pupil engagement, pupil consultation and pupil ‘voice’. She lectures on and is actively involved in Cambridge University’s ‘School-University Partnership for Educational Research’ (SUPER), which aims to create useful educational research within a schools-university partnership and document and explore the partnership.  Follow her @DrBethanMorganbethan morgan

  1. Mitchel Resnick

Dr Resnick is LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, explores how new technologies can engage people in creative learning experiences.  His research group has developed a new programming language called Scratch that enables children to create their own animated stories, video games, and interactive art therefore providing a stepping stone to the more advanced world of computer programming. Scratch is widely used by students, scholars, teachers, and parents for educational purposes. Follow her @mresmitchel image

  1. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

Kathy is the Stanley and Deborah Lefkowitz Professor of Psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is the author of 11 books and over 150 professional articles on early childhood development, with a specialty in literacy, reading skills and playful learning. Hirsh-Pasek was one of the investigators on the acclaimed National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development. She has co-authored the language and literacy curricula for the State of California Preschools. Follow her @KathyandRo1kathy and ro

  1. Josephine Lumb

Josephine Lumb is a primary school teacher from St Mary’s School in Birmingham who works as a volunteer with Red Earth Education initiative which supports Ugandan teachers and improves the educational opportunities for thousands of children. She provides teacher training in Ugandan rural area primary schools. Follow her @josephine_lumbjosephine image

  1. Dr. Erin Schryer

Dr. Schryer is the Executive Director at Elementary Literacy Inc. and early childhood education researcher consultant. She has been working relentlessly towards ensuring all children learn to read well and tirelessly works towards the issue. As a member of her organisation’s volunteer-based reading program- Elementary Literacy Friends (ELF) Erin has brought a wealth of knowledge related to children’s literacy development and effective intervention approaches for children who are struggling with learning to read. Follow her @ErinSchryererin image

  1. Maya Menon

With over 30 years of experience in the field of education Maya’s professional experience include conceptualizing, designing and implementing a wide range of school and teacher-related projects and services. She is the Founder Director of The Teacher Foundation (TTF), a young dynamic organization that focuses on training teachers and aims at infusing the school education system in India with new energy, enthusiasm and expertise. Follow her @TTFMayamaya image

  1. Sanjay Gupta

Sanjay is the CEO of English Helper Inc. He has several years of experience leading and growing large teams and organizations worldwide. He took on the role of the global CEO at English Helper after a long stint at American Express. Deeply committed to education and related social issues, he writes a blog column for The Economic Times. Sanjay is a leadership coach and faculty at Duke Corporate Education. Follow him @scribblesgeesanjay

  1. Subir Shukla

Former Educational Quality Advisor to MHRD, Government of India; developed the Quality Framework for the implementation of the Right To Education and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, India’s EFA programme. Currently he is the Principal Coordinator of Group Ignus, which comprises of IgnusERG, a guild of resource persons working to support teachers and enhance the quality of education, particularly in government schools. Follow him @subirshuklasubir

  1. Sandra Baxter 

Sandra is the Knowledge Manager for the Health and Education Advice & Resource Team (HEART), supporting DFID advisers and other development partners with knowledge and expertise in education, health and nutrition. She is also Knowledge Manager for the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC), working in collaboration with a knowledge services team at the University of Birmingham. She has worked for the Institute of Development Studies since 2000, specialising in editorial capacity development work and repackaging research for different policy audiences. Follow her @Sandra_IDS sandra image

  1. Nita Aggarwal

Nita is working as Programme Manager for Language and Learning Foundation. She has worked with several national and International organizations including READ Alliance, Room to Read, British Council and Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) and has contributed to designing and managing early Grades reading/literacy programs. Her educational background includes a B.El.Ed followed by Master’s Degree in Sociology. Follow her @nitaaggarwalnita image

  1. Ted Fujimoto

Ted is President of Landmark Consulting Group, Inc., a management and investment consultancy for scaling innovations in learning. Ted helped design and create the replication systems and strategies for several of the largest scalable, fastest growing, highest performing public school designs in the country that created over 350 schools, including New Tech Network which has created over 160 public schools and replicating between 20-40 per year. Follow him @tedfujimototed image

  1. Karen Nemeth

Nemeth holds a bachelor’s of arts in psychology, a master’s in education, learning, cognition and development, and is also a certified baby sign language instructor. She is an Author speaker consultant on dual language learners in early childhood. In addition to her many accomplishments, she contributes and consults for Language Castle, a website focused on building appropriate preschool services to meet the needs of children who speak English as a second language. Follow her @KarenNemethEdMkaren nementh  image

  1. Ramya Venkataraman

An IIT Delhi and IIM Calcutta alumna, Ramya has been passionately involved with education in India. She is the founder and CEO of Center for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA). CENTA has the purpose of empowering teachers and catalysing their professional development, through an assessment and certification service that will connect outstanding teachers and teacher candidates to great opportunities, by being well-aligned with what schools and others look for. Through this, CENTA hopes to motivate teachers more broadly to take full ownership of their own professional development and therefore catalyse demand for high quality teacher development (without directly getting into it). Follow her @RamyaVRamanramya image

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