Bud (and Chris),
I think you both nailed it with your statements about WORKING TOGETHER, INTENTIONALITY, and VISION. SLA is indeed a unique school, and I”m blessed to have had so many different levels of exposure to the faculty and their work. We’ve had so many of our teachers here exposed to the good work there, but are they coming back here and doing “SLA’s” work? No. Why? Just as you noted the context is different in many ways, not the least of which is a K-12 independent school that has been around for 85 years in a very traditional college-prep culture.
SLA and the experience of EduCon (which is not just about SLA–think about the variety of conversations and facilitators) is about being able to be with people whose infectious spirit, fabulous vision, unity of purpose and work ethic, and downright just “good peopledness” are shared so generously. It feels like the kind of “good home” I’d want to be a part of, and hopefully that I am working alongside others here to create, in partnership with our parents…and our students. At the end of the day, the question we attendees should each ask ourselves is what kind of “good home” are we creating in each of our contexts for those who live there?
Thanks, Bud. Thanks, Chris. And, thanks to those who will attend this weekend.
.-= Laura Deisley´s last blog ..Teaching through Technology: Frivolous or Fundamental =-.