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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

An Amazing Week: A DC Adventure with the Stars and A New Blog Post

This has been a totally surreal and exciting week. First off, I was honored to be one of 3 educators invited to chat with US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Clippers Point Guard (and education activist) Chris Paul at the Reimagining Education Conference in Washington, DC. Beyond having the opportunity to discuss innovative education with these famous folks, a huge highlight was meeting amazing teachers Shira Fishman (namesake of the prestigous Fishman Prize) and Jose Rodriguez (all around great guy, Texas teacher and former US Teacher Ambassador Fellow). We hit it off right away and I felt like we'd been friends for a long time. This helped a ton when we took the stage and engaged in a live, televised discussion about the innovating the US education space. To view the archived telecast, visit the CSPAN video here.

While being on TV with four rocking edu-stars was pretty neat, I must say that I was most excited to meet Caine Monroy of Caine's Arcade - also there to talk innovative ed. You might have seen this YouTube video of a young boy (Caine) creating an entire arcade out of cardboard. Perhaps you, too, teared up at his perseverance, imagination and positive attitude. Perhaps you, too, got your kids to watch and saw them become inspired to try new things. Well, then you can imagine how starstruck I was to not only meet Caine but also get autographed Fun Passes to his arcade. And what was he like in person? Just as earnest, positive and amazing as he is in the video. Perhaps even more so. I was most impressed by how simple he views his own innovation. He sees problem solving, constructing and exploration as normal, everyday activities. Now wouldn't it be great if all our kids thought that way?

Finally, a last bit of news (and some shameless self-promotion. Today a new Education Week blog post of mine was published - Fighting Teacher Isolation with Technology. This post is a high level overview of four tools to create your own Professional Learning Network (it was originally called DIY PLNs - but that's a bit too acronym-y for a title, yes?). I explore Twitter, Pinterest, Google Hangouts and the CTQ Collaboratory as potential tools to expand your professional learning. Please check it out, comment and share if this is something you're interested in exploring!

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on being chosen as one of three teachers for this! What a cool experience! And the story about Caine is very neat. What an innovative kid!