Learning Through Connecting

It dawns on me how much I’m driven by those around me and find myself constantly seeking out people who have a growth mindset and are not afraid to engage in some friendly and sometimes heated discussions over a variety of educational topics.

I have decided hands down my favorite part of any event is hanging out with amazing friends who push me to think and change! METC16 was no exception as I’m still thinking about the many conversations almost a month later.

Get Connected

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You have to admit, the selfie revolution has changed the way we roll and is a fun way to capture memories! Note to self, snap more pictures at events as there are so many more people I would like to include in this post and I didn’t take enough pictures… epic fail on my part!

Consistent Theme – Be Solutions Oriented

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This sentiment by Michelle is one of the reasons I love to connect at these amazing events. Conferences and EdCamps alike allow groups of educators from various places to throw thoughts on the table as a means to generate ideas to take back to their schools. We need to build a culture of solutions oriented leaders who are open to discussions that helps build capacity and empower educators. I challenge you to take what you learn from events and model leading for change conversations in your schools. Being solutions oriented equips all participants to discuss issues positively and productively.

The Conference is Over… NOW WHAT?

It is up to each and every one of us to seek out the kinds of learning experiences that create and sustain connections. This weekend we had EdCampLiberty and about 200 incredible regional educators were at EPiC Elementary to connect, discuss, and share new and emerging ideas! My goal was to take more pictures and to tweet like crazy. I have found reflecting on my Twitter notes is a great way to build ideas for blogging extensions. If you weren’t able to make the un-conference, you can always check out our #EdCampLiberty Twitter hashtag and join in the conversation!

For those of you who are close to the Kansas City area, you can also join KCedu partnered with the Lean Lab to hear more about what is going on in the area and make connections to amazing educators! Have questions? Contact Laura Gilchrist!

Early June is the annual KC TechNet conference. It is a low-cost, energizing event! Be sure to contact Brent Catlett and Michelle Nebel as they are leading the charge. I can’t wait to see the new changes they bring to this organization and the impact it has on transforming education across Missouri!

I am geeking out about the ability to attend ISTE16 this year in Denver! I can’t wait to catch up with old friends and make new connections. ISTE is a whirlwind of conversations and will require about a month of reflections just to catch up. It is big, loud, messy, and downright inspiring.

Want to connect in July? KC hosts EdCampLeader – be on the lookout for more information as registration is coming soon! If you have questions, contact Michelle Nebel.

Don’t forget early November is typically the time for EdCampKC! This past year 600 educators from around the region signed up to attend. Will you be one of them next year? Contact Kyle Pace if you want to learn more!

With so many opportunities out there, I am wondering…

How do you feed your need to connect with others?



3 responses to “Learning Through Connecting

  1. Coming off of an electric Saturday morning at EPiC, I couldn’t agree with you more! Conversations in general need to happen more, away from events like EdCamp. Similar conversations need to be taking place in our buildings with all staff members, not just the same small percentage that typically engage. What can we do as educators to get others involved in these conversations?


    • You discussed being flexible with time (KP let’s you leave and visit other places?). I think teacher swaps and flexibility could be a great on-going thing. Inevitably would start conversations and build rapport between schools/teachers.


  2. I think one of the reasons EdCamp style conversations work is because no one is in a rush. How can we make a part of our day less hectic where we can have these authentic ‘water-cooler’ moments? Often just bouncing an idea off of someone helps to generate multiple solutions! I think it is all about building a culture of discussion in buildings and having a space that is conducive to gathering. Sounds easy but takes work to make it happen!


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