This weekend I’m currently attending the national ASCD annual conference in Chicago with approximately 10,000 other educators from across the nation and around the world. With internationally known speakers, featured experts, over 400 sectionals, and hundreds of exhibitors covering a variety of topics during the three-day conference, it is truly a unique gathering of educators focused on issues of curriculum, teaching, and learning.
Amidst all this I had an incredible morning by attending back-to-back presentations by real celebrities–people who are famous for their amazing achievements, unlike many of today’s celebrities who are made famous by the pop culture media. It was my privilege to attend sessions by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and poet/author Maya Angelou. Both women are in their eighties, both feisty as ever, and both still have sharp minds that focus on what’s really important from their respective reflective perches from experience from eight decades of observing America. Needless to say, these ground-breaking women held audiences spell-bound.
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