Building Bridges Across ‘Lines’

This past week I had the opportunity to attend and present at the 2017 Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) Leadership Conference, Organize for Our Future, in Gettysburg, PA.  Earlier in the year I was able to be a part of the Student PSEA Conference, Building Bridges Today for Tomorrow’s Leaders. In both situations (thanks to the invite from Dr. Christopher Clayton, PSEA Director of Education Services) it was both exciting and humbling to be able to share stories, ideas, and steps to help education continue to move forward to best meet our students’ needs.

Here is the catch…wait for it…I am a Supervisor for Learning, Development & Professional Growth…a central office administrator.

So what was I doing at our State Association Conference???

As a teacher and a former Building Rep & Member of an Association Sub-Committee to handle an MOU during a negotiations year, I was able to experience how powerful a respectful, collaborative, working relationship between the Association & the District Administration could be for students.  Now on the administrative side and in a district culture that encourages and works hard to build bridges, collaborate and evolve the relationship between all levels of staff, including a district professional learning committee co-chaired by our Association Leadership & Assistant Superintendent, I am once again reminded of how powerful this partnership can be for students.

The conference was a mix of teachers and student leaders from colleges/universities from all over Pennsylvania.   I had a chance to catch up with two of the students, Ashley Muscarella, the NEA Student Chair, and Marie Hutchings, the incoming State Student PSEA President.

Check out their thoughts in the 2 short videos below:

Please Introduce Yourself & Talk About Your Involvement with PSEA



What does this leadership week at Gettysburg mean to you?

Once again, experiences like this are a reminder for me of how much positive energy there is in public education, and gives me great hope for the future of our profession!

As always, thanks for reading!

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