This weekend I have been in Minneapolis at the Teacher Powered Schools Conference. I flew in yesterday and barely made the bus for the site visit which was the coolest thing ever (aside from the Finnish schools obviously).
Today has been wonderful in terms of the learning I have had. We have had four individual sessions and a couple of full plenary sessions. The food has been amazing and everyone here is so friendly.
For me, it is so refreshing to be in a room full of people who see the vision that I have. I have taken so many notes and learned so much today and last night. I am so incredibly glad that I came here. I have networked and found people who will help me if I have questions and people who don't laugh when I tell them I want to start a teacher led school.
In fact, I have lost count of how many times these last two days I have had people say to me "You're here and that's an awesome first step. You can do this!"
It feels daunting to be the only one in my area really pursuing this idea....but the brainstorming session we had yesterday afternoon helped me to realize that I am absolutely able to give voice to what I want to do and now I have some ideas and plans to help me to make those things a reality.
It also helps that I have a course coming up in January in my doctoral program where I get to design a school. This could very well be the springboard to getting a proposal for my school put together.
I am so energized and excited about all I have learned and all the tools I now have in my toolkit. :)