Two weeks ago I had the privilege of attending Educon 2.2 in Philadelphia. It’s taken me a while to figure out exactly what I have been wanting to say about my experience there, but after a reflection period, I have my thoughts in order.
First of all, Educon is a wonderful experience! I felt so honoured to be sitting in the same rooms as some of the most forward thinkers in education. In many of the sessions I actually just sat and listened to what the others around me had to say as I knew I needed to take advantage of that opportunity.
Secondly, I attended Educon with a wonderful group of Ontario educators! It was amazing that I spent the weekend with Zoe Branigan-Pipe, Andrew Forgrave, Ben Hazzard, and Rodd Lucier. The five of us are from all different boards across Ontario and it was so amazing to have been able to share that time and good discussions with them.
Finally, what I appreciated the most about Educon was that it was attended by educators who are passionate about education and who want to see change andon a daily basis push the status quo . Sometimes it can be difficult to be striving for change when colleagues in your own school are hesitant and resistant. To be able to spend that weekend with others who feel the same way that I do about education was really a blessing and it gives me hope that we are starting to transition into something more than what we’ve traditionally been as teachers.
So thank you to the Science Learning Academy and all who were involved in such a wonderful experience. I truly appreciated every minute of my time in Philadelphia.