In the midst of a few hundred superintendents, principals, curriculum coordinators, and teacher-leaders like myself, there is the rapid-fire exchange of ideas and inspiration. We hail from 16 different states, but we all speak the same educational jargon. We make tongue-in-cheek jokes about ADHD and difficult parents. We feel our minds and hearts refilling with the belief that we can reach all students. The flurry of conversation and interaction is almost non-stop and my mind busily races from one spark of insight to another.
And somewhere behind it all, barely above the differential threshold between subconscious and conscious thought, is the constant, pleading drone: Please, let this work.
Edited to add: I forgot to drop the most important update – we're a full GO for this cycle! I start Lupron on Saturday.