I'll keep this short because I'm going to hit the road in a few minutes to continue south toward home. Twice in the past two weeks, I've been brought up short by comments on social media that made me stop and think, "Really? You don't think I don't already know that?" We all make comments with the best of intentions, trying to "educate" or help. But it makes the giver look foolish when it's something with which you're intimately familiar and they just didn't stop to take the time to figure that out.
Last week, after 12 years of service as a science teacher and Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), I resigned from the Fullerton School District, effective this Friday. Beginning on the 28th of this month, I will serve the Orange County Department of Education as the new STEM Administrator. In that capacity, I will work closely an amazing team to serve all of our Orange County school districts as we work to empower all learners to use innovation and inquiry to better our world. And this work, of course, includes the Fullerton School District.
Today's conference was a great reminder at how complex the STEM education system really is. Only by having all of the stakeholders at the table can we begin to work together to change how the system components interact in order to take our inputs - our students - and produce our desired output - a STEM-literate citizenry and a STEM-ready workforce. Events like this as a step in the right direction!