Silveria's value based message wasn't tentative nor half-hearted. He told the gathering that they should be "outraged", that small ideas and horrific thinking needs to be replaced by a better idea. What would you do?
There are good reasons why educators, more than most, have a responsibility to find where the 'isms' hide within them and how they become visible to others.
People assume kids with disabilities are all the same. They often see us as intentionally disruptive, rude and a hindrance to other kids' learning. This is not true.
Unlike the POTUS, our actions will directly, and immediately impact children and families. So, we cannot be complacent.
Researchers some of our football players will live a lifetime battling behaviors and issues never knowing they are caused by those tackles they so loved when living their halcyon days of middle and high school.
In an industry as large as public education and where learning is our business, one might think we'd lead the way in measures of accountability. But we are not.
We need leaders, like conductors, who lead by empowering those s/he leads.
When schools step up to consider new ways to engage and motivate students they should be lauded.
As change has occurred, in order to learn and change and adapt, some things have been abandoned that should be brought back but with a new spin, adapting to today's environment.
How many can say that through the observation and evaluation process teaching and learning has improved and students were the beneficiaries?