It’s about the time of year we we can take a few moments to reflect. We’ve been on a non-stop conference and back to school marathon since mid June. It’s time to take a few days to refocus our efforts around Smith and Gann, and plan our conference proposals for 2017, while continuing to develop content around our purpose of Research, Theory and Real Experiences.
Before we headed out to ISTE we were questioning our next steps. Spending time reflecting, dreaming, and updating goals has given us renewed focus and energy. We’ve taken some time to share some answers to important questions:
What’s most important at this time in our lives?
Annette – Learning and redefining how I wish to engage in my professional community. Advocacy still matters, even though the past few years have seen more losses than gains. I want to continue to learn how to advocate for students who need highly trained professional educators in their learning spaces.
Kara–I continue to be passionate about the power of coaching and how thoughtful coaching in the classroom can make great teachers even greater. I am excited to have part of the original coaching movement for education and continue to see how my experiences can help future educators in this area.
How do we continue to grow as professionals while making time for some of the personal visions that have been on hold due to career advancement?
Annette – This is still a huge challenge. I love learning from new educators, so many who shared what they are doing in their classrooms. I was inspired by the use of digital devices to engage students in research, advocacy and social justice. Wonderful projects are happening in all types of schools. Having the opportunity to write and amplify those teacher’s voices is one of the items I am taking away from this years conference attendance.
Kara-I’m really struggling to make time for professional growth. I think this is a challenge that many leaders face. When attending conferences and talking to other leaders, I find a sense of renewal and desire to have more discipline for the important things and able to let go of the less urgent. I’m committed to reading and writing more this year and I’m hoping during these reflections, I’ll develop habits that will provide me with an increased depth of knowledge.
Is it time to move over and make space for younger, emerging leaders?
Annette – Not yet. Those voices need coaches and mentors to guide them into leadership roles in all types of professional settings. There are so many young leaders in today’s classrooms. I want to work to get those voices and experiences out to the public and their colleagues. This is a great space to be working in. They have a vision I want to be part of implementing. I am not ready to sit on the sidelines – yet.
Kara-Absolutely Not! I agree with Annette! I’m passionate about coaching and mentoring others. Education is going through a dramatic transformation and I want to be a part of the change.