One Good Thing

It is Week One of #MTBoS 2016 Blogging Initiative and I have great news!  My book, Collaborative Inquiry and Educator Professional Development is available on iBooks!  Knowing the topic for the first blogging prompt, I found myself on the lookout for one good thing.  I actually made a list of good things today as I encountered them (rose-colored glasses and all), but they were out-matched by the wonderful email from the iBooks team I received this afternoon.

Here’s a summary:  Utilization of the inquiry model (ask, investigate, create, discuss, and reflect) with teachers provides opportunities for positive change in schools.  In comparison to traditional professional learning, the inquiry model establishes teachers in an active role in designing and experiencing learning.  Teachers work in collaboration with peers, exploring and reflecting on new knowledge and making a commitment to a change in practice.

So, check it out!  That’s my one good thing!

ADE Institute 2015

In April 2015 I received a message that opened doors I did not know existed.  The email read…Congratulations, you’ve been selected to join the Apple Distinguished Educators Class of 2015.  Still today I read that and pause.  Wow.  Me.  This was going to be my opportunity to make a greater impact.  Ready or not.

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A few short months later, I traveled to the ADE 2015 Institute and was welcomed with open arms into a community of visionary educators.  Had we met before?  Seemed so.

I am humbled to be surrounded by such passion.  Such knowledge.  Such generous spirits with an abundance mentality like never before.  And now, they are we and I am still in awe of the opportunity that I have been given.

In my attempt to describe the experience of the Institute, I have realized it has taken me 54 days to get to this point.  I have circled back to three notes I made while there and won’t soon forget.

  • We are: Trusted advisors. Authentic authors. Passionate advocates. Global ambassadors.

Yes we are.  I would not have used those terms to describe myself 13 years ago in that classroom 8th graders on my first day of teaching.  But now, yes.  Proudly, yes.

  • Be a force for good in the world.  

What a powerful statement.  Thank you, Daniel Goleman for that.  Yes, do the right thing.  Do it all the time.  Be that powerful force that drives the good.

  • We hope you have found a home.

I have found a home.  It is great.  It is full of people that work hard to make a greater impact.

To my ADE friends, I see you.  I see the impact you are making and I see the purpose behind your passion.

I am grateful for this opportunity.  I am humbled to be part of this network of ADEs.  I cannot wait to see what the future holds.  I am not sure what tomorrow will bring, but I know this: it will be greater than today!

ADE 2015 Institute

In April 2015 I received a message that opened doors I did not know existed.  The email read…Congratulations, you’ve been selected to join the Apple Distinguished Educators Class of 2015.  Still today I read that and pause.  Wow.  Me.  This was going to be my opportunity to make a greater impact.  Ready or not.

FullSizeRender 2

A few short months later, I traveled to the ADE 2015 Institute and was welcomed with open arms into a community of visionary educators.  Had we met before?  Seemed so.

I am humbled to be surrounded by such passion.  Such knowledge.  Such generous spirits with an abundance mentality like never before.  And now, they are we and I am still in awe of the opportunity that I have been given.

In my attempt to describe the experience of the Institute, I have realized it has taken me 54 days to get to this point.  I have circled back to three notes I made while there and won’t soon forget.

  • We are: Trusted advisors. Authentic authors. Passionate advocates. Global ambassadors.

Yes we are.  I would not have used those terms to describe myself 13 years ago in that classroom 8th graders on my first day of teaching.  But now, yes.  Proudly, yes.

  • Be a force for good in the world.  

What a powerful statement.  Thank you, Daniel Goleman for that.  Yes, do the right thing.  Do it all the time.  Be that powerful force that drives the good.

  • We hope you have found a home.

I have found a home.  It is great.  It is full of people that work hard to make a greater impact.

To my ADE friends, I see you.  I see the impact you are making and I see the purpose behind your passion.

I am grateful for this opportunity.  I am humbled to be part of this network of ADEs.  I cannot wait to see what the future holds.  I am not sure what tomorrow will bring, but I know this: it will be greater than today!