With this being the season of giving thanks, I have been thinking a great deal about what I am grateful for, both personally and professionally. In my last post, I described my wonderful experience at the Coalition of Essential Schools’ Fall Forum. The Coalition is an organization that has shaped me as a teacher, school leader, author, and advocate for young people. I believe that the folks who read my blog are of a like mind and many of you out there have undoubtedly benefited from CES, even indirectly. Their work is so vital and far-reaching in our world and as things continue to be challenging with standardized testing, the achievement gap, budget cuts, Waiting for Superman, and everything else, I believe we need the Coalition now more than ever.
I haven’t used this blog ever to ask people for anything, but I am changing that today. If you are in any way able to make a donation to CES, large or small, than I urge you to do so as soon as possible. This vital organization is currently struggling financially and need every little bit of support they can get. I am asking everyone I know to do this, including my teachers at BAA. Another option to consider is joining the organization, which I am also urging folks to do. I believe that membership should be part of every teacher’s professional development plan.
I will also use this opportunity to make the official announcement that I have been invited to join the board of the Coalition of Essential Schools. I am honored and look forward to serving this outstanding organization, which was founded and is currently headed by mentors and dear friends. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday.