I am a blessed man. For nearly 20 years I have been able to attend the annual ASCD Conference from cities all over the country such as LA, Anaheim, San Francisco, New Orleans, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Orlando, and this year in the warm city of Atlanta.
Many of the major initiatives I’ve been able to bring to my schools and a whole lot of my philosophy was formed at these comprehensive national conferences. My only regret is that I can’t bring my entire staff to the event. But I will be taking notes all weekend and tweeting them out (@wcarozza) as best as I can.
Here are some links to notable workshops thus far:
Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring Schoolwide Excellence, Principal Baruti Kafele
Excellence Through Equity: 5 Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement, Alan Blankstein and Pedro Noguera
One theme I remind myself is that one person, one conversation, or one workshop can make a significant difference for an educator. We have to be ready for that moment of inspiration that can change our thinking.
On the lookout for inspiration, always.