I have so enjoyed getting a chance to work in New York City the last few weeks, several days at a time. Yesterday, two fellow consultants and I worked in Brooklyn. We taught at the Brooklyn Law School on the 22nd floor, where we had a 360 degree view of the area, including none other than the Statue of Liberty.
We thanked the 150 participants for their attention throughout the day, citing the fact that these teachers were on their summer break but were still committed to the work of improving teacher practice. They laughed with us, stayed engaged the entire day and asked thoughtful questions.
I am so grateful to work with such dedicated educators, especially when the public often seems to put such demands on our profession. More accountability with no more pay. To continue to have the fortitude to do what is right for students in the face of frustration is a daunting task but over 70,000 teachers in NYC are proof positive that if they can do it, anyone in any district can do it. I am proud of the work I see around the country and am grateful.
One story from two days ago: I had told everyone I had been a principal in Northwest Florida, home of some pretty amazing beaches.
After I finished presenting my portion of the training to the group, we took a break, at which point a teacher approached me with a very serious look on her face. "Can I ask you a question?" she asked. I said, "Sure!" thinking she wanted to know more about student engagement, etc.
"Can you recommend a good resort in the Destin area?"
Well, teachers are committed to the work AND committed to getting the best deal on their vacation!