A unique professional learning event took place earlier today in St. Joseph, Missouri. EdCampStJoe, a free educational conference for educators and facilitated by educators was held at Hillyard Technical Center. Around 60 participants joined the learning from several Northwest Missouri school districts and the Kansas City area.
As an educator, late July has always been an exciting time of the year. This is the “educational pre-season” and very soon schools across the country will kick off their own version of training camp for staff. Optimism and idealism are at their peak during this phase of the year as goals are aligned, structures are implemented, and the academic year is set in motion. No matter how positive or organized the start of a school year might be, the inevitable challenges of the year can slow momentum and distract us from our goals or action steps. Given the investment of resources during training camp, that’s a problem worth exploring.
Refreshed, energized and challenged. Those are just a few words to describe how I feel after the incredible learning experienced last week at the AASA Leadership Academy. From start to finish, this was one of the most engaging learning experiences during my educational career. The collective talent, visionary thinking and optimism of the cohort is incredible. I feel blessed to learn alongside this group the next 10 months as we work to build our leadership capacity.