I have been fortunate to be an Assistant Principal at West High School for the past two years. I have learned a tremendous amount in that short time and I was able to take some time this summer to reflect on how far I have come and challenge myself with some new opportunities.
This summer marked a couple of firsts for me. I began my Doctorate Program through Cardinal Stritch University and was also able to attend the International Society for Technology in Education's annual conference. Both experiences were very rich and have transformed my thinking as an educational leader.
Cardinal Stritch began with a two week Summer Institute. We gathered as cohorts from all three years of the program to hear guest speakers, discuss our readings, and discuss the ideas of leadership, learning, and service. I left the institute exhausted and inspired by a new sense of meaning to my role in education stated best by Robert Greenleaf, "It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead..."
The International Society for Technology in Education's 33rd annual conference was held in beautiful San Diego, California. The conference theme was "Expanding Horizons" and that is exactly what the experiences did for me. I joined thousands of educators for a week of collaboration, networking, workshops, and fabulous speakers. I left ISTE inspired by lots of fresh ideas, creative perspectives, and thinking about technology's place in education at a much deeper level. I am excited to begin this year and share my findings with staff and discuss with them how we will grow together to implement changes in our practice that will enhance our students' experiences at West High School.