Empowered to Stop Being Comfortable

“Speak for the silent, and stand for the broken.” These words that were spoken by Mike Smith from Skate for Change are still resonating with me at this very moment. I understand the importance of this phrase and feel the call to action, as well. The Omaha Young Professional Summit’s theme this year was “Empower”…

Getting to Know You Homework

I often advocate for social media use because of its impact on my professional development and overall career. In fact, we’re currently looking at a social media policy at the Nebraska Department of Education because of the need to meet stakeholders where they are (novel idea). While the majority of my interactions on Twitter are…

I Learned. At an Edcamp.

#EdcampKC this past Saturday was my 7th Edcamp. It is, by far, my favorite form of professional development. The grassroots effort behind the planning, the delivery, the sessions, the conversations, the learning…it’s all real. When 300 educators come together on a Saturday, to improve what they do, it’s real. Edcamps aren’t pretentious. There are no…

No More Should Be

It went something like this… 400 students sat on the gym floor while an esteemed teacher received an award for her hard work, innovation, and dedication to her practice. The staff surrounded the kids monitoring their students and looking on as the teacher accepted her award. They all looked genuinely happy and supportive of their…

Silence

It is my belief that educators have stories to share that showcase the amazing work that they do on a daily basis. We have stories about relationships that have been fostered against all odds, achievement that happened despite the averages, student-led initiatives that compelled others to do the unthinkable, and even innovative ways that we…

The Weight Issue and Funhouse Mirrors

I distinctly remember trying a diet of pretzels and ice cubes the summer before third grade. I thought it would help me lose weight. Surprise, it didn’t. Since then, I can’t count the number of diets I’ve been on, pounds lost, pounds gained, and the internal struggle I have fought with my weight. I have…

One Hook

The visit to UCF’s Emerging Media campus allowed us to see the intersection of many of the ideas we’ve been studying. We’ve studied game theory and design, and learning is the process that continually happens throughout the course of this program. Therefore, it seemed natural that we look at all three concepts in a unique…