I just got back to my dorm room — kicked off my shoes and plugged in the phone. We will be heading to dinner in about an hour and then a full evening of Opening Ceremonies, presentations and an amazing comeraderie, but first I want to share a bit.
I just spent the last three hours meeting and talking with our “home group” of about 20 people. Included in just our little group are people ages ten to sixty who have come from Brazil, Puerto Rico, Japan, China, Germany, Israel, NY, Indy, and right here in Colorado.
We started by talking a bit about why each of us is here and where we came from – geographically as well as philosophically. Everyone shared what their work looks like, how it relates to this conference and what they hope to gather from the experience. One of the first revelations I had was realizing how much broader the idea of “democratic education” is than anything I’ve been working on this year. I’m very motivated to explore the greater context as we continue to refine and define what it means at RTG.
It is beyond inspiring to hear what is going on all over the world around education reform, connecting disparate factions to support meaningful learning and advocating for the change process … economically, politically and socially.
We played some theater games to get everyone out of their shells (I am very glad that improv was part of our teacher in-service this past week). From there we talked in small groups about what our ideas of Place and Migration were(our group reflection point for this week) and then created small and large group performance tableaus that conveyed those ideas. We will perform them for the Opening Ceremonies, and for those that know me – this is not my comfort zone. That said, I’m actually looking forward to it – this is a place of such encouragement, empowerment and acceptance, how could I not?!
There we are….being “Place”.