Thank you! Yes, thank you to all educators who interact daily with your students. You are a role model, a surrogate parent, a good listener, but more importantly, you are a constant in the lives of many students who do not have positive role models in their daily lives. You may not get that “thank you” from your students whom you have helped to open the world of knowledge to for years to come–if ever–but know your impact is great.
I mention this because of an article in the June 14 Parade magazine by Brad Meltzer, author and TV host. In “Good Karma for Mrs. Sherman,” Meltzer writes how he dedicated one of his books to his 11th grade history teacher, Mrs. Sherman, who helped him nurture his love of learning. It was this love and thirst for knowledge that helped him become the first in his family to attend and graduate from a four-year college. As the article continues, she contacted him on Facebook and they struck up an email correspondence. After a few emails, Mrs. Sherman revealed she had a medical condition that left her in dire need of a kidney donor. She asked him if he could help publicize the issue, and he did via another student from Mrs. Sherman’s class, Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook). Oh the impact!
I hope you are using these wonderful summer days to refresh so that upon your return in August/September, you are ready to be the phenomenal teacher who plants the seed of knowledge in those students who may become authors, editors, COOs or your neighbor!
Happy June to All!
In an effort to meet the ever-changing needs of our members, the Teaching & Learning team works hard to offer diverse, focused services that are, as always, free! Besides our online courses, twice-a-month webinars and our customized on-site professional development, we offer five regional professional developments over two days, five times a year.
We have quite a few things happening that are starting to look a little bit more promising for the spring and the next fiscal year.
Take a moment and consider: when was the last time you reviewed the effectiveness of the communication outlets you use to relay information to your parents and greater community?
As we transition into March, there are quite a few things that we need to monitor as we move into the next fiscal year. As we have pointed out several times over the past few months, we see a continuing recovery in sales and income taxes and gross production.