I may never be the same.
Thanks to a friend, Jason P, I went to some place called the ThinkBig and found one of the most inspirational group of people I've met in years. It was a meeting sponsored by Mozilla and a bunch of innovative spirits trying to do something inspirational and different in the education world.
For several years, I've been trying to understand how the things I learned, as an economics major, about entrepreneurship and teaching blend. My CTQ friends get it and have developed the concept of teacherpreneurs and are testing it in locations throughout the country.
I didn't get it....until last week. With my new understanding, I realize that this is what I need to put before my own head and before my students.
I even was able to formulate my own questions. I met new organizations that speak my economics language and who are also interested in my schools/classroom/district.
#KCedu was a new find for me. Now I'm not exactly sure what they do but I understand it well enough to know that teacher-types present problems that need to be solved and the group works to do that. @TheLeanLab is another such group and it sounds like this group is able to bring together community based organizations and potential business partners. And then there's another group called HiveKC and I've yet to figure out what they do.
But all of these groups bring together the idea of Startups. And somehow are applying that kind of thinking to education.
I want to be a part of it. I want to use all this experience to solve problems and make schools stronger, more student-friendly and powerful transformers.