To be honest I have so many different feelings after this conference:
That I’m not sure this post will come out as coherent as I’d like it to but I’m going to share it anyways.
Imagine being surrounded by educators who have the same drive as you: to be the best you can be AND MORE! Add in rigorous who honor you as a professional, treat you as such, and empower you to keep moving forward. Now imagine you get to spend the weekend with them chatting about learning, teaching and supporting efforts of teachers across the nation. Their on top of this learning sessions focused around math, literacy, common core, professional development, planning tools and much more. This describes the most amazing weekend I had attending the #coreadvocates: Taking the Next Step children’s in Denver.
There were multiple times that I got completely emotional because we were bring tested like professionals. During the opening panel discussion it was mentioned multiple times
You are the ones doing the hard work of the core advocates. Let us know how we can support your efforts.
This really spoke to me. I felt recognized as a professional and as someone who had an impact in education.
This panel consisted of Jason Zimba, Sue Pimentel and Gene Wilhoit and was the kick off for the weekend. It really set the tone of the conference bit it didn’t stop there!! Throughout every session I attended, this mindset and belief was embedded. It was evident that each educator attending this conference didn’t just believe in their profession and the work they did but they lived and breathed it. It was part of their everyday teaching and they continually work day in and day out to put these practices into every second of their profession (sometimes more).
The presenters also emanated this mindset. They shared their experiences, hard work and expertise with us. And at the end of each session, we did an evaluation that the last question always asked us:
How are we going to live this belief (if you will)? How are we going to share and continue the hard work of the advocates with other people we connect to? It’s all about moving forward with the work we know is right for learning and ultimately what’s right for our students!
So after this amazing weekend of learning and interacting with awesome educators I’m commuting to living, breathing, believing, and sharing the work of the #coreadvocates. Keeping in touch with people I met this weekend, educators who impacted me to continue the hard work in this profession, taking next steps in order to take back or profession and empower other educators I work with ti do the same.
Mahalo tio Barbara Beske and all the Student Achievement Partners purple for giving me this opportunity to learn and be a part of this positive change in education.
My closing quote from Sue Pimentel:
All kids are geniuses. As educators, it’s our job to figure out how to get them to access their genius.