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As AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson re- cently shared, “Your skill set is two years in duration – max.” Meaning that not only will agility and adaptability serve as vital skill- sets for the future, it is also foreshadows the extreme importance of learnability and how it will play a vital role in the lives of our in- dividuals and organizations in moving more relevantly into this very non-obvious future we are facing. As World Economic Forum states, “Up to 65% of the jobs Generation Z will perform don’t even exist yet and up to 45% of the activities people are paid to perform today could be automated using current technol- ogy.” For which WEF includes, “In this environment, learnability – the desire and capability to develop in-demand skills to be employable for the long-term – is the hot ticket to success for employers and individu- als alike.” ManpowerGroup Chairman & CEO Jonas Prising adds, “In this Skills Revo- lution, learnability – the desire and abil- ity to learn new skills to stay relevant and remain employable – will be the great equalizer.” While we have always approached the idea of being a life-long learner as important for leaders in the past, we are finding that it is becoming imperative for the future. As a leader, your Learnability Quotient may de- fine your Relevancy Quotient for the future. As Ray Carvey, executive vice president of corporate learning at Harvard Business Publishing shares that “cultivating learning agility” serves as one of the eight leadership skills that Harvard thinks you need for this exponentially changing future. As he shares, “Effective leaders will take the initiative in finding opportunities to learn.” So, no longer is being a life-long learner enough in today’s fast-changing, VUCA environments. Today’s leaders not only need to equip themselves with a learnability skillset, they need the initiative and aware- ness of how and where to access learning most relevant to their needs and their ongo- ing leadership journey. In many ways, today’s educators have to not only take initiative, they have to take control of their own ongoing learning. Which is why many of today’s forward Educational chats on Twitter not only expand opportunities to initiate leadership learnability through the sharing and gaining of knowledge, they afford us the opportunity to build up and curate our own Professional Learning Networks. thinking leaders see social media plat- forms, such as Twitter, not as a place to share their favorite dish from lunch, but as a 24-7 global space to access on-demand learning on a local and global scale. In fact, Twitter is becoming a vital space for educators to share stories, strategies, ideas, knowledge and new thinking. As Katrina Stevens shares in EdSurge, “Out of the 1-2 billion tweets that post every day, 4.2 mil- lion are related to education, according to Brett Baker, an account executive on Twit- ter.com.” For which Brett Baker adds that their, “small education team has begun collecting stories about how educators are using Twitter to see if there are ways Twit- ter can support educators more.” Twitter not only provides a place for educators and leaders to access on-demand learning, it also provides a space for them to cognitively connect, share stories, strat- egies, new learning and knowledge. It also provides an arena for engaging relevant and ongoing conversations around education and educational leadership through educational chats. Educational chats that are so numer- ous, that the variety, times and days of these chats are almost endless in their depth and breadth across the Twitter-sphere. There are chats sponsored by organiza- tions such as Solution Tree (#atplc), ACSA (#edequity), and CUE (#cuechat). There are chats for superintendents (#suptchat), principals (#cpchat), general education (#edchat), as well as for kindergarten teachers (#kinderchat) and new teachers (#ncchat). There are regional chats for ex- ample we have (#caedchat) for California. There are even topical chats such as Teach Like a Pirate chat (#tlap). In fact, there are too many chats to keep up with. But have no fear, a simple search can result in lists that have been created that provide the variety of chats, listed by time zone, topic, times, and days. These educational chats not only give March | April 2019 9