Saturday, April 1, 2017

Uncle Earl & BC Learning Update April 2017

I have written before how I have been blessed with many great role models in my life.  This past week I had the pleasure of spending time with two of them.

I was recently asked by Kris Donnelly Program Services Director at GrantWood AEA, to participate in a panel for the Iowa AEA Board of Directors meeting to share thoughts on how Iowa AEA's have supported Teacher Leadership within our state and school districts.

Kris Donnelly is one of those people in my life that every time I get an opportunity to soak up her knowledge -- I DO!  She has helped me re-shape how I reflect and ask questions.  She has helped me think about impact and how this impact needs to be focused in the lens of our students.  She has helped me persevere when I was stuck.  I appreciate her investment in me and the time I was able to spend with her traveling on Highway 30 as we took classes together at ISU.

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, I was part of a group of passionate educators who shared their insights into how are AEA's are continuing to help propel districts forward by supporting our needs, at times even before we may have them identified.  The other panel participants were:  Lisa Clayberg of Ames School District, Heather Gould of AEA 267, Scott Moran of Denison School District and Dr. Julie Davies of AEA 267.



Kris Donnelly, myself, Heather Gould, Lisa Clayberg, Scott Moran, Julie Davies


The time reinforced to me that we are all working to ensure Teacher Leadership is having a positive impact on student learning within our systems by focusing on teacher effectiveness.  But, I have to admit the highlight of my day was seeing my Uncle Earl.


My Uncle Earl has been on the Heartland AEA Board of Directors for 21 years.  He is a former administrator in the Des Moines School District.   He also teaches for Viterbo University. (I'm sure he has done many other things I have not shared here as well -- including learning how to play tennis and the guitar in his later years!)

He is an inspiration to me on a daily basis.  He has always encouraged me and is full of compliments when we take the opportunity to converse.  Over my lifetime he subtly encouraged me to complete my Ph.D. and continue to be a learner.  He reshaped my parents perspective when they were frustrated with my "stubborn nature" as one of "a determined young lady!".  

A few weeks ago he attended the ASCD Annual Conference in California and some of my Iowa ASCD friends (Sara Oswald, Lou Howell, Kym Stein) found him and sent me the picture below:


I only hope that I can have a tenth of the impact on others in my life that my Uncle Earl has had in his.  I am more than proud to share with people he is my Uncle and the response I get back is a few minutes of how Earl has impacted their life in a positive way.  What a legacy!

Here is the BC Learning Update for April 2017




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