I’ve been in a number of school districts in the past month training staff and not one of them has had an easy way for visitors and guests to access their Wi-Fi. In an age where everyone is trying to expand customer access to the internet, from coffee shops to auto dealerships to burger joints, schools do everything they can to prevent easy use. Why a district can’t create a guest network and share that network with the community at-large is beyond me. After all, the community did pay for the bandwidth in the first place (tax dollars at work). My point is, as the primary knowledge entity in the community, the school should be taking a leadership role in expanding connectivity. Not hording it like a pre-Christmas ghost visit Scrooge. A number of you in the LYS Nation are now using your own bootleg technology devices to follow Twitter. If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us. To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of September 4, 2011, as tabulated by the accountants at Price Waterhouse. 1. A big thanks to the 400+ school leaders that we trained on the PowerWalks system this week. Your hard work and reflection was inspiring. 2. The formula for motivation is simple: Meaningful vision, measurable goals, meaningful work, and results. Everything else is smoke and mirrors. 3. You can waste time and money looking for a better discipline management program or you can just spend more time in the power zone and teach bell to bell. 4. I’m not a fan of making teacher ratings public. Unless the policy is applied to all public employees. It still wouldn’t be right, but it would be fair. 5. Teacher evaluation is really about adding value. At-risk schools understand this. No one else wants any part of it. 6. I see in Illinois that they are drug-testing teachers. I could support this if the law included all elected officials in the state. 7. 22 percent of children who have lived in poverty do not graduate from high school, compared to 6 percent of those who have never been poor. (by: tgrierhisd) 8. I just observed a 6th grade English class with 35 students. Thank you, Governor Perry and the Republican Legislators. 9. It’s not that I’m against the Fed’s funding more teachers. It’s that the states aren’t stepping up to right thing in the first place. 10. Preach it @LYSNation, preach it!!! (by: tlonganecker) Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn… Call Jo at (832) 477-LEAD to order your campus set of “The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction.” Individual copies available on Amazon.com! http://tinyurl.com/4ydqd4t Follow Sean Cain and LYS on www.Twitter.com/LYSNation Come visit us at the LYS Booth at the TASA/TASB Fall Conference