I spent a couple days last week with 20 of the best teachers from around the country. I hoped to publish this on our group blog Future of Teaching 2030 but have run into a technical difficulty beyond my control so here it it.
Meeting these outstanding teachers was really a treat made possible by the supporting organization The Center for Teacher Quality. In attendance were three State teachers of the year, including Bob Williams (Alaska), Marguerite Izzo (New York) and Cindy Rigsbee (North Carolina), one of the top three NTOY finalist for 2009. There were also young forward thinking teachers like Julianna Dauble from the Washington New Millenium Initiative (NMI), Zachary Rupp and Isabella Campos-Woytek Denver NMI, and Ben Crosby of the Bay Area NMI. Teacher Ambassadors Patrick Ledesma (2009 Classroom Fellow) and Jon Eckert (2009 USDOE Washington Fellow) and NBCTs like Nina Daye and Sarah Henchy. There was a mixture of seasoned professionals including Susan Graham, Marsha Ratzel, and Ernie Rambo. There were some prototypical teachers from the future like Lori Nazareno, one of group of teachers who began a teacher led school in Denver CO., Kristoffer Kohl a teacher/data strategist from (NMI Las Vegas), and Heather Wolpert-Gawron, a middle school teacher near L.A who teaches English with 21st century online and face to face tools including the World of Warcraft. Ariel Sacks, a fantastic blogger and forward thinking teacherprenuer as well as a contributor to Teaching 2030, along with Cindy Rigsbee and myself were there to relate our work back to the efforts of the TS2030 team.
What do you think? Lets talk amongst ourselves. 🙂