Well, I missed a week of posting. This past week was the first of two weeks of Spring Break. I went in to school three times: once to organise my materials for next week’s ASCD 2012 conference; once to solve some caretaking issues; and once to make sure that I would be ready when school starts up again. Although I am not planning on going in next week, I might.
What I am most exited about is that Byrne Creek in Burnaby School District received the WholeChild school awarded from ASCD. I had nominated them as president of the local affiliate, BCASCD, as they have done some amazing work in creating a community of learners, using local talent to support each student and family that are part of their community. I will blog more about Byrne Creek in the future, after they have officially accepted the award on Saturday, March 24 at the ASCD conference in Philadelphia. I am so proud of that school and all the hard work that all the staff, teachers, administration and community have done in creating a great learning environment.
As for the ASCD 2012 conference, I will be attending a lot of workshops around RTI, and discipline alternatives. I have really not felt that the act of suspensions necessarily helps with the long term goals of creating socially responsible citizens of the world. There are times when I can see that either for the student’s or the school’s safety, it may be necessary to send a student home. However, I feel that most situations need to be addressed in school, through restorative justice or through a mediation. I have seen some serious issues resolved through these processes and would like to explore the opportunities further.
Finally, twitter has become an indispensable tool for me to discuss professional development, school and educational issues with educators and parents from around the city, province, country and world. The opportunities are amazing and sometimes feedback is instantaneous. I have been on twitter since 2009, but am just beginning to realise the potential…