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How the Mastermind was born...
Years ago, a school I worked in crushed some of our souls by adopting a scripted reading program, the small group of us literally cried over it. How could we deliver this canned curriculum and, "stay on the right page", when we had students sitting in front of us who were bored, didn't define themselves as readers, and really didn't need what we were giving them? Talk about force feeding (for all of us!) A few teachers and I, who will remain unnamed, slowly became rebels, but for a VERY good cause. We knew better, we could do better, we had done better last year- we couldn't fit the needs of 19 students into this terrible anthology that was supposed to develop "life long learners" Gag me. We ventured off the script, started pulling mentor texts, and tried bending these boring lessons as far a we could. That held us over for a few months, but as good things started happening, we wanted more. We were told we couldn't meet or even talk about going off the script (it was literally a directive) so we would creep into one of our classrooms a few afternoons a week, close the door, and check the halls, and then at 60 mph we shared great ideas for teaching literacy and the daring ways we were going to teach next week. We called ourselves the Dead Poet's Society, and knew that these short underground meetings were far better than any spiral bound manual. We eventually overturned the worst (potentially) decision in our school's history, and moved on to greater things where students were reading, wait for it... REAL BOOKS. Imagine that? Why should we have had to close the door and lower our voices? For those who know me- lowering my voice is terribly challenging as it is, let alone when I have a good idea or hear someone else's. And so, I suppose in these moments, Ed Masterminds was born. An educational THINK TANK, where many amazing brains turned out to be more powerful than one. Our students deserved their teachers to do better, to advocate and to speak up. We have invited those of you who speak up.
So welcome! Seacoast ED Masterminds is for the many talented and genius educators that we know are out there. This is OUR time to get together to share ideas, ask questions, and find solutions to problems we all encounter. This is the educational underground for those who seek MEANINGFUL professional development, are solution oriented, and think outside the box (maybe you don't even view it as a box...)- we love that.
If you have ideas, struggles, and the heart of an educator... if you are STUDENT driven, and innovation pumps you up, then we want YOU! All invited have inspired this event, and we will always be looking to grow this PROFESSIONAL LEARNING NETWORK, so bring a friend that you think is up for the challenge! We can guarantee two things. (1) You will leave this meeting, smarter than you entered, and (2) it will be what we make it.