Educon 2.4 came to a close but is far from finished. The conversations started there will continue in the hallways and faculty lounges around the world and in online discussions via blogs, Facebook, and Twitter.
The overarching word du jour was Innovation. We heard what it was and what it wasn't. We dissected it and defined it and even used it in a drinking game. But, most striking was the fact that we never gave up on it.
Innovation, it seems, was a part of us throughout the weekend. And why not? Those of us in those rooms or following along via streaming are education innovators. How many of us know more people who haven't a clue what Educon is than the number of people who were envious of us in attendance?
But how do we innovate once we return to our offices or classrooms? For me I plan on bringing up these discussions with my colleagues. I plan on addressing things that made me question what I, or my school, is doing. I plan on having discussions with students about these topics and how they can help bring about change in our school.
As this transformation evolves I will be posting the "aha!" moments, the "holy crap we can't do that's," and the "let's get this baby rollings." Throughout, I would love your thoughts and encouragement. I'll be sharing this with our students and look forward to their input as well. And, in a few weeks I plan on linking to our class blog as my students start down this journey.
Thank you Educon, Chris Lehman, and the staff, parents, and students of the Science Leadership Academy (SLA) for providing all of us with such an enriching event.