Last Thursday night (March 7, 2019) was the absolute highlight of my many years in education leadership.
As my friend and colleague Stephen Hurley phrased it, “the rock lit up“.
The VoicEd Radio map was full of listeners from Newfoundland and Labrador. We were glued to our devices, listening to the voice of Allison Tucker, K-12 Reading Specialist, in conversation with Regie Routman, well-known expert on literacy in K-12 and author of Literacy Essentials: Engagement Equity and Excellence for ALL Learners. Stephen Hurley weaved the thread of the story through the passionate sharing of experience and understanding.
Behind the scenes, Program Specialists like Jill Handrigan and Nicole Kelly managed the Twitter chat using the @NLESDLit account, and shared questions with those on live radio. On Twitter, educators far and wide captured the learning, commented, had digital conversations, asked questions using the hashtag #essentialconversations
Educators owned their learning.
The geographic privilege of ACCESS was flattened.
The positional privilege of ACCESS was flattened.
A Reading Specialist in Port Hope-Simpson, Labrador could participate with a Library Resource Teacher on the Port Au Port Peninsula. Principals in urban St. John’s chatted with teachers in Maine, USA. A parent in Spokane, Washington was as welcome as a Superintendent in Whitehorse, Yukon.
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This work is about helping educators experience their “coming out of the cave” moments.
This work is about changing the trajectories of the lives of our children.
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