Talk about lifelong learning! In the last month I have launched my re-election campaign, begun taking twittering seriously (that sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?), started a blog, opened a gmail account (in addition to two other email accounts), tried to keep abreast of the surveys and posts on Inspiring Action and launched a new Facebook page. Never mind working full-time, staying on top of school board business and connected to friends and family, attending municipal candidate forums, talking to voters and, and, and….
What have I learned? I have discovered a myriad of resources: blogs, articles, book references, personalities, and institutions to name but a few. I have been inspired, challenged, and intrigued. At times I have been overwhelmed by the vast amount of intertwined alleys that lead off from just one source to expand, inform, verify and validate or discredit or argue newly discovered information. I have learned that so many people care passionately about education – parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, government officials, civil servants, advocacy group members. Sometimes it seems such a clamour that a quiet hike up a mountain trail with the Rose, our ball-obsessed Springer spaniel, is needed to clear my head and make some sense of all the material I am trying to absorb.
What has emerged for me is:
- there is an active, energetic dialogue that is exploring how to improve education. It is far-reaching, inspiring and bold. It is not faddish or trivial. It is profound and charged with moral purpose. It seeks to be relevant, compassionate and transformational.
- the technology is fabulous. It is not a magic bullet or an end in itself. Others are modeling how to collaborate to improve their practice through the technology. So I have a whole new toolbox to interrelate with people who are concerned with the same issue I am: how to best serve children in their education.
Now I am sorting out how to translate this effectively into my role as a trustee. We must continue the Inspiring Hearts & Minds work in the next directions: governance; talking with, and listening to parents and other stakeholders; co-creating the culture and environment that will lead to success for all students; taking the concrete steps that will bring us all there. I can’t wait to get back to work!
I have begun to learn what I don’t know.