Now that summer is here, I have so much to do.
First up–ALA Orlando
I will be attending ALA in Orlando in just under a week from now–attending the affiliate assembly, learning how to represent SCASL and South Carolina in the coming years. Yes, that is right, I am assuming more leadership within the organization. On July 1 my role in SCASL changes from Regional Network Director to President-Elect. Much of my responsibilities will shift to the planning of our March conference. I’m just a little intimidated by that, but Ive already begun making contacts and plans for this adventure. Wish me luck. This will be a change for me as usually I attend ISTE every summer. But accepting the challenge of SCASL President elect means I’ve committed to ALA for the next three years. I will sorely miss all my ISTE friends. ISTE has always been a great way to connect face to face with members of my PLN. Don’t get me wrong, a number of my PLN attend ALA every year as well, but not all ALA attendees are school-minded, so there are just less of them there. I am looking forward to ALA. Orlando I can give or take. Living just under 8 hours away from Orlando, well, been there done that–multiple times. So I’m not looking forward to competing with all the ALA attendees and the mega tourists in Orlando to get food and have fun. Who in their right mind thought having that conference during the height of tourist season in Orlando was a good idea? ALA has it all wrong. ALA Midwinter should be in Orlando, not ALA Annual. Oh well. I’ll still manage to enjoy learning and networking.
2nd up – DENSI2016 in Chicago
In late July I’ll be attending DENSI. Discovery Education has become a favorite resource over the years, not just for the instructional materials made available to subscribers, but also the wealth of learning and networking with its most valuable asset–> Discovery Education Network Members. You just cannot beat the human factor of learning from one another. Even though my state no longer funds Discovery Education for us anymore, it is that important to me and my school. We continue to subscribe even though it’s pricey, but it’s so worth it. Each summer there is the institute that brings together roughly 150 educators, and I made it in another year. It’s very competitive trying to get in. We’ll be in Chicago for a weeklong stint of learning the best way Discovery Education does it–through community and its members. Bonding and lifelong friendships will result from the teacher camp type atmosphere, but the real winners will be our faculty and students who will benefit immensely from the annual event when we return refreshed, rejuvenated, and full of ideas to try out and learnings to share.
A hopeful 3rd – Santa Barbara, CA
My oldest son moved to Santa Barbara, CA in April, so we are hoping to visit there sometime this summer. Mr frugal son #1 says he isn’t ready to entertain, but this mamma just wants to make sure he has furniture and is living in a good area. Oh and she also wants to go to the SB beach! I hope we can get out there this summer. Time will tell. On two teachers’ salaries, it’s looking iffy for sure.