Polyak on #SocialMedia: A Chance to ‘Amplify the District’s Story’

Nick Polyak, superintendent, Leyden High School District 212, speaking to AASA's Digital Consortium during a convening at his district. 

Nick Polyak is the superintendent of Leyden High School District 212, a district with 3,500 students, located in the suburbs of Chicago. When it comes to social media, Polyak says it’s a “tool to learn.”

Appearing recently on Education Talk Radio, Polyak said social media is a “common platform for students, parents, community members, legislators and board members—everybody that has a stake in schools. Locally, it’s a chance for us to amplify the district’s story.”

Along with fellow Illinois superintendent Mike Lubelfeld, Polyak co-moderates #Suptchat, an hour-long discussion on Twitter, held on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET).

“The numbers are growing week by week,” Polyak said of the program that was launched in the October 2014.

“We’re all better together,” Polyak said. #Suptchat is all about superintendents coming together, learning and sharing ideas, and strategies from one another.”

Polyak also discussed AASA’s Digital Consortium. Established in 2014, the Consortium was created to support school leaders in the areas of innovation, creativity and technology.

“The AASA Digital Consortium is what connects virtual relationships and humanizes them,” said Polyak. “When virtual relationships become face to face, relationships strengthen the bond we have with one another.”

Listen to the Education Talk Radio program, here.

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