1) American Bald Eagle Day and 2) A full "Strawberry Moon" meets the Summer Solstice. You might be wondering where I am going with this post so let me just dive right in.
American Eagle Day
Most people are probably familiar with the American Bald Eagle as a symbol of strength and freedom and even more so as the national bird of the United States. Its majestic beauty has graced the official seal of the U.S. since 1782. What most people will be less familiar with is the resilience with which the Eagle has had to display in order to be the conservation success that it is today, from near extinction in the 1960's to thriving success today.
Summer Solstice represents the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. "Strawberry Moon" refers to the full moon that occurs in June. This means we got about 17 full hours of daylight before it faded into a full moon, which has not happened since 1948. All of the days leading up to June 20 have been slowly getting longer and every day after June 20 will slowly begin to shorten. Here we stand, on the precipice of a uniquely magnificent summer, full of uncertainty.
To me, attending TechCon was like when an eagle flies to the top of a cliff and waits to spot his prey. In teacher's eyes, knowledge of technology integration is their prey, and one that will be the most fulfilling in powerfully impacting teaching and learning. Teachers eagerly challenged themselves with new learning, many with steep learning curves, to rise to the top of the cliff. Standing there at the summation of the conference, teachers are asking themselves, "How am I going to use this in my classroom?"
Standing at this precipice, full of uncertainty, I am confident that, given the freedom to take risks, the strength to take them and potentially fail, and the resilience to learn from them, these DMPS teachers will dive right into the challenge of innovating their new knowledge into their daily practice to improve student learning and they will continually rise to the top of any convocation.