A few final thoughts from the NAIS Annual Conference.
- As a white man, I was challenged to think from the perspective of the other through Onaje X. O. Woodbine’s talk about race and Jennifer Bryan’s talk on Gender and Sexuality Diversity in Pre-K-12.
- Sir Ken Robinson provided a definition of a personalized, child centered education: At its core, education is about the relationship between teacher and student. This relationship is the core of empowering learners. I was also pushed on the personalized learning and disruptive innovation front by Ryan Aldrich and Mark Kushner from Tahoe Expedition Academy (CA); Michael Horn from the Christensen Institute; and Colleen Broderick from AltSchool.
- Connections: NAIS is about connecting with old colleagues and meeting new ones. I was able to reconnect with a few mentors who taught me to be a better teacher, administrator, and parent and to thank them for their support and caring through the years. I also took time to make new connections with innovative educators to help push me as a leader and learner. Lastly, I worked on creating mentorship relationships with developing teachers and leaders in schools.
Pushing myself — Deepening my understanding of the other — And connecting to reflect on my past and where I’m going to challenge myself in the future. These were the themes of my learning during the NAIS Annual Conference.
What did you learn?