You Should Follow – Day 4


George Couros

Chances are you’re already following George. If not, you really should be.

About four years ago, two of my Twitter friends, Alec Couros and Dean Shareski, started asking their followers to add Alec’s younger brother, George to their networks. I admire Alec and Dean greatly, so I started following George. His enthusiasm and passion for education was immediately apparent and extremely contagious. George became an instant friend, and when we met face to face in Philadelphia the first time, it felt like we had already met. (This happens, by the way, with Twitter friends more than you might imagine!)

George is an amazing leader in his role as Division Principal in Parkland Schools in Edmonton. He leads by example and empowers the people he works with to learn and share their inspiring stories. He shares his own stories, both personal and professional, and is very open about his struggles and successes. Through his work, he shares the importance of connecting and relationships for educators. He also has initiated or has been involved in Connected Principals, School Admin Virtual Mentor Program #SAVMP (administrator mentors), ConnectEd Canada, and I’m sure more that I’m forgetting at the moment.

George started the #365greattweeps idea. He’s always thinking of new ways to get people motivated and inspired to learn and share.

More than anything, George is an invaluable friend. On so many occasions, he has been there for me to give advice, lend an ear, or just make me laugh. I can’t even begin to thank him for that.

Oh, and he can rock a microphone at karaoke like none other.

George tweets at @gcouros and blogs (a LOT!) at

You Should Follow – Day 1

Yesterday, my friend George Couros started a new hashtag on Twitter – #365greattweeps




I really like this idea more than the #FF – Follow Friday recommendations. Those tend to be lists and are often the same recommendations every Friday. While I believe those still have a place, I really like the idea that George started, because he also includes the “WHY.” Why should you follow someone I recommend?

This got me thinking… if I could choose anyone to recommend right away – someone whom I followed and then met “in real life,” who would it be?

I knew instantly that I wanted to share my friend, Rafranz Davis. I had followed Rafranz for a while on Twitter, but only just met her in person at ISTE this past summer in San Antonio. Wow! What an amazing person!

Rafranz has a passion for learning and sharing! Every day, I see her tweet something that makes me really think. Her blog posts are direct, poignant, and from the heart. One in particular left me in tears – and that doesn’t happen very often for me.

Rafranz also has a smile that goes on for days, and she is such a positive person to be around.

I feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to meet some of my Twitter friends at conferences here and there, and meeting Rafranz was definitely a highlight of ISTE for me.

I hope you follow her on Twitter – @RafranzDavis and read her wonderful writing at ! #365greattweeps