A friend and mentor of mine once told me that,
“In education you can get pulled in a lot of different ways. What you really have to do is focus on the work that you want to do and the work that’s important to you. If it’s not important to you, let it go. It will be important to someone else.”
These words have stuck with me over the years as opportunities have come along. There are always committees to serve on, tasks to complete, and ways to contribute to the collective good of education. Each time an opportunity comes along, I think about that conversation and I think about what’s important to me as an educator.
- Where do my interests lie?
- Where is the work that I want find fulfilling and want to do?
- Will doing this work make a difference?
Those are the questions I ask myself as I think about my role in education and my role as a leader in the world of education.
Earlier this fall when the call for applications for the ISTE Board of Directors came out, I asked myself these very questions, filled out the application and am now on the slate of candidates for this year’s elections. I can’t express how excited and humbled I am to be considered for this work. For years ISTE has helped shape my thinking and my approach to education. It’s connected me with others around the world and given me opportunities to lead (as president of the Innovative Learning PLN), write (as author of an ISTE book), and share my ideas and thinking (as a ISTE conference presenter) with other educators. I would be proud to serve on the ISTE Board and encourage all ISTE members to make your voice heard and vote in the upcoming election. Voting begins on November 9th and will end on December 7th.
To learn more about the election and all of the candidates who are on the slate, visit the ISTE Elections page and remember to vote.
For the next few weeks, many of my posts focus on my thinking about the work of the ISTE Board of Directors and the election.