quote of the week: "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." - Calvin Coolidge
Dear faculty and staff, it has been some time since I have written. I hope you enjoy this installment of Growing with Grace. There are some great articles below, and some excellent professional growth opportunities. Remember that we have a ever-expanding list here.
Here's what's coming up and looking great - the complete list (including through the end of the school year) is on the Professional Growth Upcoming Opportunities page
2/8: LGBT Educators and Allies Group meeting
2/10-11: NYC Association for the Education of Young Children Conference
2/16: Privacy, Cyberbullying & Our Kids' Digital Life
2/22: NYSAIS Teaching with Technology Conference - by teachers, for teachers
2/25: Courage Saturday Retreat - based on the book The Courage to Teach, charts a very different path towards developing oneself as a professional educator. There will be another offering on April 14th.
3/3: Empowering Women of Color Conference - a great place to fulfill your diversity PD requirement.
3/5: Building a Good Foundation for Young Learners
3/12: SMART Boards and iPads
3/13-15: Northwest Council for Computer Education - 3 days of effective uses of technology in education.
3/28-31: White Privilege Conference - a great place for white allies to examine concepts of privilege, and to fulfill your diversity PD requirement.
4/5: NYSAIS Diversity Conference - this year's theme is religion. They are accepting workshop proposals now. It would be great for us to represent here. Another great place to fulfill your diversity PD requirement.
4/11: Educating Boys Conference
4/20: Emotional Brains and Education: Affect, Stress, and Academic Achievement
many, many more are on the PD offerings page, so take a look...
Some good reads
A Teacher's Field Guide to Parents - a somewhat cheeky, though useful look at different types of parents, and how to best interact with them. Also read the retort from a parent blog, A Parent's Field Guide to Parents, sharing their perspective.
No Forced Kisses for Your Kids: A Holiday Safety Tip for Families - this comes a bit late in the season, but is an absolutely worthwhile article on how the physical attention adults give kids can be interpreted by kids.
10 Power Tips for Leaders who Talk too Much - a good read for leaders and teachers, who lead in a myriad of ways.
The Rise of the New Groupthink - NY Times opinion piece by Susan Cain on where groupwork falls short.
Be inspired to persevere - a photo on NPR's Tumblr that is worth 10 seconds of your attention.
Mandated community service: Risks and potential - an interview with Alfie Kohn.
The Joy of Quiet - Pico Iyer in the NY Times sharing how the world is searching for quiet in noisy times.
Battling Entitlement, the Innovation-Killer - Whitney Johnson in HBR about how boundaries and challenges are key for innovation, and success.
Mindful Eating as Food for Thought - a beautiful NY Times review of the research on how eating can become a mindful activity, a more beneficial one. The end has a few great tips.