It's spring break! What does that mean for me? Well, it means I hopped on a plane and ended up in Nashville to hang out with some 10,000 (?) science teachers at the largest science education conference of the year. I relish these events because it's like being home. By that, I mean that it's an opportunity to be among "my people". In my home district, I'm sort of an island. I'm used to people just looking at me, smiling and nodding...while I know they're thinking, "Back away slowly from the crazy science lady." So, it's utterly refreshing to feel at home among people who are just like me.
My morning started with the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA), which I've written about previously. It's a great, small organization with wonderful people. Last summer, I was recognized as their 2015 Emerging Science Leader and got a scholarship to their summer program in Tampa. This time I co-presented with the amazing Keri Randolph whom I met last summer in Tampa. We presented on tools for 21st century leaders and had great turnout in our session. It was the first time that I co-presented with someone outside of my district. It was great! We collaborated on Google Docs and Slides and met just once for about a half hour last night before our presentation this morning. Yay for collaborative tools.
Much of the rest of today was spent with some colleagues from my county office of education, without whom I wouldn't be here. I've worked with them on some projects, but it's certainly been fun to see them in a different context. They're good people. I can't wait for the next few days with my people because everyone deserves to feel at home from time to time.