Think about this.
These teachers and administrators took their own personal time on a weekend to learn. They could have spent the morning sleeping in, drinking coffee on the couch, tending to their own families, or doing a number of other things, but instead, they chose to work on improving their practice. Attendance at this conference (like most education conferences) was voluntary. I continue to be inspired by teachers everyday. Despite all the uninformed negative chatter out there about education in America, our teachers continue to push themselves to help better the education of their students.
In my new role as a school district TOSA/coach, I have many tasks that take me outside of the classroom in addition to my work inside classrooms. When I accepted this new role a few months ago, I said to myself that I will never forget where I come from, and I will always remain grounded in the hard work that our teachers do everyday. I want to reiterate this. I will never ever forget who my customers are- our teachers. I will always listen to their needs and make my decisions based on what's best for them. If all of us who work in education just listen to teachers and do what's best for them in the classroom, we will ultimately be doing what's best for students. Nothing is more important than that.