The personal learning network for educators
I am a 16 year dedicated professional educator with a never ending passion for meeting the needs of all students. It is my professional goal to join/find/create a group of educational leaders who share my professional passion and recognize the need for innovative change in public education. I have come to the realization that I no longer want to make small or minor adjustments to present practices in an individual school setting, but want to become a change agent on a larger scale. I want to create and support major changes in educational systems and structures that will provide equitable access for ALL students to an education that recognizes them as unique, gifted and knowledgeable beings who are begging for the opportunity to imagine, think and create – not learn.
For 15 years I have pushed myself to be the best support that I could be for teachers and students, to no avail. While I know that my efforts and dedication have touched and changed many lives, it has not been systematic and there are those that I could not reach or help. I don’t believe that it is due to a fault within me, other dedicated educators or even students and their families. We are all locked in a system that doesn’t allow us to reach beyond a glass ceiling of bureaucracy to truly reach for the stars and experience the other wonders of the universe and the boundless possibilities of creation within our own mind.
I have decided that it is time to allow myself to step away from the system that I know has failed me. To begin to create what I know our teachers and students need. The answer does not exist in books or literature, but within each of us that chose this profession because we wanted to change and make lives better and worth living through the gift of education. Not an education defined by test scores, obtainment of standards, interventions in a triangle of academics and behavior, and labels. An education filled with questions, wonderings, thinking, possibilities, creativity, mistakes that lead to new discoveries and the realization that there is no such thing as wrong, just different perspectives.
What I am looking for…
A group of creative, open-minded, and knowledgeable professionals who are ready to collaborate to create change in the public education system. A team that understands that education is a “business” unlike any other, since it involves a human commodity and therefore requires a myriad of viewpoints, practices and approaches to meet the unique needs of each individual student AND teacher. A team that understands the necessity of working with and involving all stakeholders at all levels to develop strategic partnerships in order to implement and sustain change.
What I love to do…
Collaborate with others to develop and implement innovations for improvement. Integrate research, best practices and “best possibilities” into accessible programs for educators. Develop systems and structures to ensure successful roll-out and implementation of programs. Develop trainings, staff development and protocols that not only disseminate information, but model great teaching and thinking.
I am sending this out to the universe in hopes that someone else will find their voice in my words and connect with me. My dream, goal and vision are just beginning to take shape and I am hoping that they intersect with others who want to join the journey.