It's 4:30 a.m. here in Phoenix and I'm having a hard time sleeping. As a parent of two kids - ages 2 years and 10 days- I assure you that there is nothing more frustrating than having an absolutely quiet, totally dark, super comfortable hotel room where I get to rest my head, but in which I can't seem to fall back asleep. As I laid here for nearly a half hour, desperately trying to find more rest, my head swarmed with ideas and my heart bounded with excitement. The first day of this prestigious conference is done, and already I am inspired beyond belief.
Yesterday afternoon some of the best teachers from all 50 states and several US Territories came together in sunny Phoenix to share, collaborate, network, and, ultimately, to work together to craft a positive message about the state of education in the United States. Any time you put more than 50 people together who are motivated, enthusiastic, and opinionated about what is right and wrong in education, you're bound to create conversation. In fact, most of us have been so captivated by these meetings that we've forgotten the most basic of social graces - remembering someone's name who you have just met. For now, I can suffice as Vermont, and, I'm sure, most other teachers are happy to represent their state. We'll work on names later.
Now, if I could just make sure that the burst of energy doesn't come at 4 in the morning any longer... I still need to get some sleep.