Gosh, it is hard to believe it has been a whole week since I left the JumpStart training in Maryland as a new CSP (Candidate Support Provider)! Time flies, huh?
It was a wonderful experience although a very long one.We began Thursday evening from 5-9 pm (!!!), went all day Friday (9-5 pm) and all day Saturday (9-5 pm). It was a ton of information to cram into our brains but it was amazing and I can definitely see how I would have benefited from being able to participate in a JumpStart as a candidate.
We unpacked each of the academies that new candidates can attend as they go through the process. We networked, we planned and we sketched out some ideas of what we'd like to do here in Michigan. It's only a process for us because our network is emerging and because those of us involved in this are spread all over the state (thus communication is pretty important but not always timely).
I'm so glad I was able to go though. I learned a lot and I definitely know how to support someone else who is going through the process--one of the biggest takeaways I had was to make sure the candidate owns their own journey. I think this is a lesson we sometimes need to remind ourselves of with our students too; it can be so easy to just give the answer but when we require the person to find the answer on their own with minimal help (such as suggesting where they might find the answer), it is going to mean so much more to them in the long run.
It was a bit weird since I am not on the "executive committee" of our network and thus there are things they know that I do not in terms of what is coming down the line. Alas, I think that once the plan for our JumpStart is put into place, things will be better and there will be more open communication.
Since I got back, I went in to finish my CA-60s and have enjoyed some down time the rest of the week. Can't tell you how nice that has been :)
Finishing up my current grad class tonight and then a week of freedom. I have so much to do between now and July 24th but I am going to give myself this next week to just relax and enjoy since The Husband is on vacation and I have the week off doctor school as well.
I shall update when I return from Princeton at the end of July. Have a fabulous summer!