There is a lot happening. So much, as a matter of this post, that I have reluctantly decided to abandon my plans to run for the ISTE Board this year. I am pulled 9 ways to Sunday in my sort of made-up role at an 80,000+ student Public School system. I'm a Lead Teacher, responsible for supporting and monitoring the work of half of our 25 adjunct teachers and supporting their students and parents; I am a Support Specialist, the "house geek" for my school and its community; I am the only part-time Academies Coach in the system, imagining and building the first "Virtual Academy" in the world after-work-hours; and now I am the "All Star Teacher Trainer" (I prefer "Lead Learner" and I intend to use that) for my school and two others: My district is rolling out a model of Professional Development on February 28 that will become just that for the nation. I can't imagine that serving as a Board member for ISTE, no matter how much I would like to do that, would add any effectiveness to my work. Maybe when I retire ("as if") I can work on serving in that capacity. Meanwhile, anyone reading this, if as dedicated to ISTE and its mission as I am, should consider doing so. The deadline is February 7, 5PM EST.
I am so very proud of my School and its District administrative support for this new initiative. When it works, not "if it works," we'll have paved the way for other districts and we will have done so much good that we could walk away from it all, though we, thankfully, will not.
Last week, the President of the United States visited our district to speak at one of our schools, and he focused his remarks on many of the things in which I am involved. Watch this:
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