Welcome to my new website! In January of this year, I was challenged by my PLN (Professional Learning Network) to select a word to guide me through 2014. I chose the word Courage. I wrote a post highlighting six different ways that I would practice Courage as 2014 progressed. One of the six was my vow to be courageous and leave an impact. I want to leave an impact with my students each school year as they leave my classroom, much like they each leave their own with me. I also want to work on a different type of impact this year. I want to leave my impact, even if small, on the educational world.
I have already had great opportunities this year to talk with other educators about Standards Based Learning and Grading via a number of outlets. I have participated in Google Hangouts, written on my own blog, written guest blog posts, facilitated discussion at various edcamps, and even got the opportunity to speak at a school district’s Teaching and Learning Conference. I co-moderate #sblchat on twitter every Wednesday night at 8 central with Dr. Darin Jolly @drjolly, Mr. Rik Rowe @WHSRowe, and Ms. Michele Corbat @MicheleCorbat which allows me to discuss Standards Based Culture with educators from around the world each week.
It has been an incredible year thus far to say the least and my Courage has grown. The launch of this website is another way for me to make an impact and positively move learning, assessment, and grading forward. Please leave any comments you have for me as I develop it. I would like to create a resource for educators looking to make a change in their thinking or anyone who is on the journey with me to make learning the priority in our schools and classrooms.
And to finish the first post for my new site, I must give a huge thank you to my husband Mr. Shawn Hillman @ShawnHillman for designing and creating this site.
Looking forward to continuing the conversation with you here and I appreciate all the support I have received from my PLN thus far in 2014. Here’s to Courage!