All too often in Professional Development we encounter an “expert” clad in professional attire, diligently explaining (or coercing) the attendees to be more like them, follow their path, and subscribe to their philosophy. The strengths and passions of the audience are not taken into consideration or even acknowledged during the rhetoric detailing the one right way. SpaceCamp, powered by EdTechTeam was anything and everything, but that. Spacecamp started with recognition and appreciation of the strengths of ALL team members and discovery of how we complement each other and progressed through a fun-filled, inspiring day.
The day was loosely structured with a flexible agenda for the content of the day. We quickly discovered many similarities amongst our friends, both new and old. The most striking of which was passion! Despite our geographic differences, with one team member joining via Hangout, the dedication to improving education and hope for the future was abundantly clear. The guidance of Mark Wagner and Molly Schroeder inspired a free flow of ideas, building on each other’s comments to reach for the stars and transform the way we think about education and the future.
The most inspiring discussion took place while exploring the idea of Future Ready Schools. What does it take to be a Future Ready School? Courageous Leadership, Empowered Teachers, Student Agency, Inspiring Spaces, and Infrastructure mixed with passion, optimism, and a little daring will take students far beyond standardized education to being significant contributors to a global society.
As the day wound down, I gazed out the window (from the 51st floor) to the world beyond and thought to myself, this group of gifted educators will change the world and I am proud to know them all.