Saturday, July 12, 2014

Awesome Experiences at NAESP 2014!

Wow! Once again I am awed and inspired like I never thought I could be.  I am so very thankful that our district chose to send us to the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.  Every person I meet or every principal I talk to says the same thing about their visit.  They (and I) feel rejuvenated and refreshed after a long year in the trenches.  Listening to great speakers and sharing ideas and programs with principals from all over the country has given me so many ideas and so much insight into ways to make my school and our district better. 

Last year, I attended the NAESP 13 in Baltimore.  It was such a moving and important part of my growth as a principal.  Each day, I would call my colleagues and tell them about all of the amazing speakers and things I had the opportunity to see.  My colleagues back at home were jealous and vowed to come to the NAESP 2014.  Well here we are and it was great.  Amazing!

What made it even better was that I had the opportunity to share it with some of my colleagues.  I think they would agree that we all learned quite a bit.  More importantly, we made some connections with educators from throughout the country and grew our Personal Learning Networks (PLN).  We have made friends with principals from other states and have vowed to continue to share ideas and possibly connect our schools and students.  This can only make each of our schools better.  What a great opportunity for our students.  I can’t wait for September!

All I can say to my friends from #NAESP14 is thank you for sharing.  To my district, my teachers and my students. . . LOOK OUT! I can’t tell you how pumped I am to get started.