I’ve attended hundreds, perhaps thousands, of hours of teacher professional development (PD). Some of the PD has been passive and boring, much of the PD has been interactive, engaging, and inspirational. No doubt, the Kenan Fellowship fits into the latter category! Even though the fellowship is now 4 days old, I am going to reflect on the past four days and provide my hopes for the next year in the fellowship.
So, I came to the fellowship excited about the prospect of learning from and learning with some of the best teachers in the state of North Carolina. I was also fearfully excited about moving out of my comfort zones and challenging myself to share my thoughts with others. The fellowship has certainly not disappointed. I’ve learned a ton from my peers and I’ve had opportunities in non-threatening ways to contribute meaningfully to small group discussions.
I am extremely hopeful for my externship experiences over the next few weeks. Admittedly, I don’t have a solid grasp on my project yet, I am excited to have an opportunity to think about racial equity and racial diversity in teacher leadership. I am so grateful for this experience!