This spring I participated in a Teacher Leadership Panel with Iowa School Librarians at #iasl15 with one of my teachers who was a Teacher Librarian in our district. We spoke about Teacher Leadership in our district and how we make it fit best into how we learn and grow as educators. Our panel was moderated by Sarah Brown-Wessling, so that was exciting in itself!
I have also gotten the opportunity to share our journey several times with our Benton Community Teacher Leadership team. One of these times was at Iowa ASCD this spring at the Standards-Based Grading conference. The Keynote speaker was Mr. Ken O'Connor. We shared our SBG journey so far and gained some powerful take-aways to bring back to our district.
Another great opportunity we have had this fall is the chance to speak with Maddie Fennell with the United States Department of Education about our Teacher Leadership program in place at Benton Community Schools. We shared all aspects of our Teacher Leadership journey including struggles and successes. We were empowered by the encouragement we received after her visit to continue with our district vision of teacher leadership!
This summer and this fall were by far my most favorite sharing opportunities. A few co-workers continued to push me outside of my comfort zone. We presented at two technology conferences! At #iPadU and #ITECia, I was blessed with the opportunity to share about our social media story at Benton Community. By far most exciting, however, was when we brought students to share in their digital learning with us. We had students travel to both Cedar Rapids and Des Moines to come and teach other teachers how to use iPad apps they are fluently using every day in their primary classrooms!