I had the pleasure of attending the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Convening Thursday and Friday of last week with five of my WW colleagues. Alas that we missed class……sounded like a good one (as always)!
The event was very good, to be honest, much better than I expected.
There were several great talks by WW Fellows who are now in the field, as well as Dr. Sonia Nieto. We also had the opportunity to attend two elective seminars and participate in a panel forum for the Michigan WW Fellows.
As a side note, the event was in Columbus, Ohio. I have a close friend there so we hung out Thursday night. He took me to a place called “Jennie’s” which has some of the best rated ice cream in the whole U.S……needless to say it was fantastic! I had some cherry/white chocolate/pistachio……unbelievable……
I also uttered a few choice words as we drove by the Horseshoe. And sang a certain SONG…the greatest fight song in the world!! Only six weeks left!!
My highlight for seminar was the first elective I took, Classroom Management In Urban Settings.
If there was one thing I took away from the class, it would be an admonition to myself and my colleagues to make sure we are working with local non-profits and volunteers to help our students out.
The class was lead by the founder of a non-profit called Voices Against Violence (click link for details). His group works with local school districts to help students with emotional needs, and to help get drugs and weapons out of schools.
What is his number one obstacle? Not the kids……not the administrations……not the parents……it’s TEACHERS.
Teachers who think they know it all. Teachers who think they have everything under control.
Looking in the mirror…and looking to my colleagues…we need to make sure we are doing everything we can for our students, whatever it takes. Obviously we need to make sure that groups are legitimate and are using research based proven methodology, but let’s make sure our kids go before our pride.
Probably easier said than done. Especially on this side of the classroom. But at least my awareness was raised.
Does anyone know of any similar groups here in Michigan?
I intend to do some research on my end.
As well, even though the V.O.V. group is based in Pittsburg, they are available for consultation.
Check out the link. Save the link. Here it is again: http://www.vavpgh.org/