It is my pleasure to welcome you to the new Teacher Practice Network blog. I am beyond excited to be working with educators in Arkansas and Oklahoma to share our voices and to continue to raise the voices of educators across this region. The purpose of this blog is to share the thoughts, perspectives, and ideas of teacher leaders from rural communities. This platform will host many different bloggers from a variety of different backgrounds and fields of expertise.
During my educational career I have had the amazing opportunity to attend several national events focused on empowering teachers and lifting their voices. I was very lucky and thankful to work with the LearnZillion Dream Team for 2 years. I’ve had the opportunity to attend two Student Achievement Partners events, and I was so thrilled to attend the National Elevating and Celebrating Teachers and Teaching event in Snowbird Utah. Each of these events helped me to find and celebrate more of my teacher voice. I learned more about my profession and more about myself as a leader.
Upon returning home after each event, I was thankful for the connections I had made on a national level, but I was also desperate to find the same type of connections in my local and regional community. I wasn’t surprised when I found that many other teachers in the state were looking for the same thing. Educators are so excited about and hungry for the possibilities of collaborating, sharing ideas, and sharing our personal stories. I found the same spirit of community and passion at an ABC Huddle I attended shortly after attending my first LearnZillion conference. I found a commitment for raising the voice of educators in the leaders of the Arkansas Public Resource Center. I found so much acceptance, partnership, and motivation when I was able to work with other Arkansas educators to plan and host the first regional Elevating and Celebrating Teachers and Teaching in Arkansas.
This is just my personal story of finding my voice, but many educators have a similar story or are looking for a way to own and share their voice. The Teacher Practice Network blog will be a place for just that. We are building a community of teachers ready to raise and share their voice. Guest bloggers will be sharing their thoughts on many different topics including current legislation, lesson planning, digital resources, community involvement, and many other topics. Our hope is that you join our community through reading and responding to this blog.
We are also still looking for more Oklahoma teachers to join this network. If you are a teacher leader in Oklahoma, and you are interested in working to build a community of teacher leaders, please follow this link to apply. Teacher Practice Network
By: Jessica Wright
Author -- Teacher Practice Network
We are a cadre of teachers from Arkansas and Oklahoma brought together through APSRC and a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation to empower teachers to find their own voice both in and out of the classroom.