I am a big fan of the NWP presence at #ISTE11. Teacher leaders and NWP coordinators are presenting a number of ISTE Unplugged sessions in addition to the Hack-Jam. The organization is really showcasing how much its teachers and network have to offer in terms of leadership on composition in new media and the development of students and teachers’ new media production literacies. I think, also, that by hosting the Hack Jam at the Science Leadership Academy (SLA – thank you!), and by encouraging teacher consultants to present through ISTE Unplugged, NWP has taken advantage of the smaller, social spaces around #ISTE11’s main events. I’ve experienced and anticipate more useful, challenging, and nuanced conversations in these spaces than in the official sessions of this behemoth conference.
I wonder about adopting such a strategy for the Coöp. Insomuch as we think about strategy, would it be useful and strengthening for us – as our community – to occupy and offer an invitation to the the social spaces around conferences and gatherings like #ISTE11? What else, apart from breaking-bread together (which is absolutely necessary!), would help us bond with one another and make a clear invitation to others to join our work – the work of helping kids create personal meaning out of education? What level of democracy and/or organicism do we lose – or gain – in pursuing a strategy like that? How do we resource it? How do we find places that are inviting to us?
Is that even the right thing to do?
Paula was stopped and asked if she was a member of the Coöp; John told me about some evidence of our impact that he’s seen and heard; John and I talked about hosting some long-form writing on the Coöp. I am heartened and curious about how to help change education.
What do we think? Community members (definitely included in “we”), what do you think? How can we help and involve you?