I reflect on my prior experiences and found that something was missing. After all of the hours of great ideas turned up through discussion there is nothing to take with me but for a renewed sense of purpose. That sense of purpose usually diminishes in a few days.
This Saturday I'm going to try a different approach. Rather than just having a discussion I'm going to crowdsource an education manifesto and send it to Arne Duncan and Richard Ross. Why? Because it is time to make something meaningful that reflects the point of view many educators. It is time to push a document written by educators to politicians that outlines our thinking, our point of view, and our intentions instead of having it pushed at us. It is time.
This is either going to succeed or fail dismally. Either way, it should make for good discussion. I'll be tweeting at Arne Duncan and Richard Ross this "Education Manifesto".
The document is wide open for anyone to anyone to add to it, improve it, make it better. It's a beginning.