See You @ Patterns of Innovation!

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Today I am headed out to Napa, CA for the first time in my life for the very first Partnership 21 (P21) Patterns of Innovation conference at New Tech High School. I will be presenting alongside my principal and one of our fine assistant principals at our cluster middle school on how community partnerships help transform teaching and learning in schools. I look forward to meet new faces and collaborating with educators from across the country!

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Panelist on P21 Patterns of Innovation Webinar: Distributed Leadership

 

I had the honor and pleasure of acting as a panelist for a webinar yesterday hosted by Partnership 21 (P21) on distributed leadership. P21, while not quite a household name yet, is a large non-profit education organization that partners with schools, industry, and government to support 21st century learning in schools. They have an exemplar program that my school and our cluster of schools were recognized for this past fall.

From their website: “P21’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for 21st century learning by building collaborative partnerships among education, business, community, and government leaders so that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in a world where change is constant and learning never stops.”

The panel is made up of principals of schools who are doing the 21st century learning P21 advocates for, so I was thrilled to be asked to sit on the panel as well to represent what we do in the Lanier School Cluster within Gwinnett County Public Schools. If so inclined, check out the video above, and consider finding a way to get out to Napa for the Patterns of Innovation conference in March. I’ll be there as a presenter. I’m looking forward to meeting my fellow panelist there as well!

2017: A Retrospective

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My family after successfully defending.

2017 has been one of the most eventful years of my life. I became a dad; I earned my doctorate; I published an entry in SAGE encyclopedia as well as a few other neat moments along the way. Today’s post is dedicated to recounting and appreciating this past year, so fair warning that this post is selfishly about me and my family. I will unpack and reflect on my pedagogy, of course, but I’ll spend time doing the same about me personally.

A BIG thank you to the many in my life who made this year a special one for me. Continue reading