I created this blog in the hopes of helping other teachers and maybe starting a few conversations. I also created this blog as a sort of personal educational journal. Hopefully, as I continue my path through the realm of education I will be able to look back at my posts and see how I’ve grown as an educator.
With professional growth in mind, I hope that you will indulge me as I do a little planning and a little dreaming about one of my favorite topics: Professional Development.
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I love teaching and I think that I am a good teacher but I want to be better. I have aspirations to maybe one day earn a PhD. I am planning on beginning the process of becoming a National Board Certified Teacher this year.
But like a greedy person, I want MORE! I have categorized my “demands” into three categories: gotta have it now, maybe next year, and in my dreams. I’m a bit conflicted with my gotta have it now choices. Am I biting off more than I can chew? What do you think? Regardless, enjoy my wish list and if you see Santa Claus, please tell him that I have been very good and I deserve to go to each of these events!
Gotta have it now!
- ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence (June 28–30, 2013, National Harbor, Md.): My Superintendent actually recommended that I join ASCD. I found out that my district will give me some money towards the conference fee and my sister-in-law lives in DC so I might be able to avoid paying for a hotel. I’d like to one day go to the ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership but that happens to be in Las Vegas and in November and that’s not going to happen.
- Summer Institute for National Board Candidates: Since this is one of my immediate goals, and I want to be as successful as possible, this looks like a perfect opportunity for me. The institute is described as being “created to give candidates an entry point to the National Board process that is experiential and inviting. Candidates will learn the fundamentals of the NBC process: core propositions, teacher standards, entry requirements, types of writing, and framework of accomplished teaching.” This conference is about two hours away from me and the $175 cost includes meals and hotel. How can you go wrong! It is being held July 10-12th.
- APA-Clark University Workshop for High School Teachers: This conference may have to move into the “maybe next year” category. It’s a wonderful opportunity. Twenty-five high school psychology teachers from around the nation travel to Clark University in Worcester, Mass. for three days (July 22-24) to learn from great professors about teaching psychology---what can be better! Actually, what’s better is that it is free and within driving distance and housing is included. Why would I not go (or at least apply)? Because I am definitely going to go to either the ASCD Conference of the NBTC Summer Institute AND because I have been accepted to the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute for this August. *Can I just take a minute to say how excited I am about this?!? Holy cow this is going to be amazing!!!* With an already busy summer scheduled, should I add on one more thing? I’ll let you know what I decide.
Maybe next year?
- National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference: I have been to my local and state Council for Social Studies conferences but this is the holy grail. Sadly, this year the conference is in St. Louis and the conference fee coupled with transportation and hotel makes this impossible. Next year, however, the conference is in Boston (November 21–23, 2014) which makes this doable.
In my dreams…
- Harvard Graduate School of Education, professional development: Ah, Harvard. The ultimate dream. This year they are offering 8 week-long courses. I particularly like the look of Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness in High Schools and Project Zero Classroom. Project Zero Classroom “features various frameworks and tools that enable you to look at teaching analytically, develop new approaches to planning and make informed decisions about instruction”. Meow! Sadly, these courses cost $2,500 a piece and that does not include housing for the week. I’m going to save up to make this dream come true!
- ISTE Conference: This June the conference is in San Antonio and again travel costs are the biggest obstacle. I had actually asked our director of technology about going to this conference the last time it was in Philadelphia and was turned down due to lack of funding. The next time the conference is in Philly is 2015 so I can certainly try again then.
*Update: (3/28) I couldn't help myself- I applied for the APA Clark Workshop for Psychology Teachers. It was just too good to pass up --- or at least to try for. I'll let you know if I get accepted!