I am not a blogger. The evidence is right here on this blog. I like to write. I journal constantly, but blogging for an audience is a completely different experience. I’d like to change that, however. Especially after attending the Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching (ECET2) Conference Kentucky state convening this past weekend. I am ready to share my experience with others!
I have never attended another event that was so laid back, but also extremely professional and packed with inspiration. ECET2Ky was an experience that was life-changing! I drove to Lexington, Kentucky from Louisville on Friday night for a meet-and-mingle session and BreakoutEDU game. If you’ve never played a BreakoutEDU game – either with your students or with other educators – you need to try it! It is a great way to break the ice and get everyone up and moving. The best part of the Friday night mingle was getting to meet people that I have followed on Twitter for months. It was great to finally put a real face with the Twitter handle.
The actual ECET2Ky convening was on Saturday at the Embassy Suites in Lexington. Over 100 educators from all over the Bluegrass were there to share and learn together. The day was organized with breakout sessions and short, inspirational speeches by fellow educators reminding us how important our job was and continues to be.
The first breakout session I attended was called “Educational Resources” and was presented by Kentucky teachers Jana Bryant and Kelly Stidham. These women know their stuff. They discussed the shift occurring statewide and nationally with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and offered resources to help close the achievement gap. Some of my favorite resources that they shared are:
- Achieve the Core – this website offers lesson planning tools, coaching tool, a CCSS coherence map, and tons more
- Great math resources from Engage NY, Illustrative Mathematics, and Great Minds
- CCSS curriculum frameworks from the Georgia Department of Education
|from the Kentucky Dept. of Education website|
UPDATED 2-2-17: ECET2Lou 2017 was a success! Check out one of our most memorable moments here.