I am jumping on a plane home after a ROCKIN’ time at ASCD in Orlando where we hosted our very first Sitomer Summit.
The Sitomer Summit was an educational event unlike any other I have ever attended. (Much less hosted.) If you were there, you know what I mean. 4 state Teacher of the Year Award Winners spoke, we saw student work on the big screen that authentically illuminated evidence that 21rst education is not only here but is already being taught in certain classrooms across the country (and we saw how it can easily be taught in so many more classrooms as well if people are in possession of the right tools), we heard from 33 year veterans at the top of the educational food chain about how they rediscovered the passion as to why they got into education in the first place, witnessed the power of real books (not textbooks, not scripted curriculum,… REAL BOOKS!) to heal lives through the the make-me-weep-words of Dr. Joan Kaywell and did it all while being served filet mignon (literally, we ate filet mignon) at Ruth Chris Steak house.
We gathered, we thoughtfully engaged and we each left with a more clear vision on what our next steps ought to be to better the state of public education in America.
We literally participated in national movement. It reminds me of the famous quote from a few decades ago, “The revolution will not be televised,” Well I believe we have evolved.
The movement will be broadcast… but first we must BE THE MOVEMENT.
Like I said, if you were there, it was an event unlike any other. And if you were not there, think about joining us next time. It stirred my soul unlike almost nothing else.