My flight landed at 7:55pm Tuesday night. As I navigated my way to the Economy Parking Lot I felt a surreal sense of déjà-vu. Hadn’t I just been here? The reality was – I had. My flight departed Monday morning at 6am and returned close to 8pm on Tuesday night. Few trips would be worth this turnaround, but I managed to find one that surpassed my expectations and opened my eyes to a wonderful world of resources.
I attended the 8thAnnual National Career Clusters Institute in Denver, CO, along with over 700 educators from the secondary and post-secondary level. Despite the diverse background of participants coming from 43 states across the country, all came together for the unifying purpose of “Using Career Pathways to Reach New Heights.”
We heard from Don Henderson, Senior Manager of Creative Expressions for Apple, Inc. as well as Kelly Green, Academic Program Manager of US Innovation and Business Development for Microsoft. Amidst a sea of workshops put on by experts in the field, I came upon a grand realization – there is a whole lot I don’t know. But the great news is, there are a whole lot of folks who are willing to share their knowledge.
As educators we take pride in knowing our subject, but sometimes we may not be the first to raise our hand and ask a question. Humbling as it may be, I realize that if I am truly going to be the most effective educator that I can be, I must continue to learn – and it starts with accepting that I don’t know everything.
With this in mind, I welcome you to summer as an opportunity to not only refresh your mind, but to spark the desire to learn that once brought you to this profession. Realize that we all have much to give and much to learn as well. Take advantage of resources – they are vast and there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Take a moment to check out some great resources at www.careerclusters.org and www.relevantclassroom.com .