2013 provided me and others with many opportunities to explore innovative best practices, infuse emerging technology, commence new programs, collaborate with outstanding educators, and continue the global conversation on what's best for kids. It was truly inspirational to see students, colleagues, and other stakeholders immersed in STEM, Coding, Flipped Instruction, Blogging, Expanding PLNs, BYOD, ChromeBooks, Mini iPads, Nooks, EdCamps, Web 2.0 Tools, and sound pedagogical learning experiences. Often these accomplishments were overshadowed by the continued hyperfocus on H.I.B., PARRC, and the new teacher evaluation law. It's nice to know that we have only scratched the surface with many of these tools of the trade.
As we move into 2014, I would like to see everyone, including myself, dig deeper and push the envelope to accomplish what was once thought of as impossible. Here are some examples.....
There is no doubt that the educational landscape in 2014 is very much exciting, yet frustrating. We must stay positive and continue focus on what's right. As Todd Whitaker once told me "focus on what you can control. Always remember it's people, not programs." So take a look at that surface you scratched in 2013 and dig a little deeper in 2014.