This is what progress looks like at the Hudson Valley Writing Project on the day after a snow storm. Almost everyone showed up for a critical January Tech Team meeting held at Poughkeepsie Day School at 10 AM on a Saturday morning.
Of course we had coffee, we had bagels, we had a home-made chocolate treat but 12 TC’s showed up for the community of HVWP techies who know how vaulable it is to share face-to-face for a few hours once a month.
No one thought this meeting would happen especially given the fact that I have the longest drive and I hate driving with any hint of snow on the road and in fact, we spent Friday watching the snow from our vantage points( every school in our area was closed), emailing updates. But it seemed that by Saturday morning we would be fine and WE WERE!
By 9:30 I was waiting in a park and drive lot for Tom, who would be joining us for this session to support our TECH SUMMER planning. It was hard to use this precious time that we rarely have to stay focused on just the agenda for the meeting but it was essential that we make the most of our time to move our plans ahead.
This is a new effort for us. Yes, we have held digital storytellng workshops for our HVWP community but this summer could be even more exciting…
Dutchess Community College, with Jack, our door-opener who coordinates their well-established Tech Summer Academy knows the work of HVWP and as a 2010 TC wears his 2 hats well. The structure is set, we can experiment with a teacher lab running simultaneously with student programs all taught by our TC’s. We provide the course structures and the college takes care of everything else with Jack coordinating.
Poughkeepsie Day School has sent us many great teachers and Laura who has been wearing teacher/administrator hats there knows the terrain well and with her passion for technology and her commitment to our TECH SUMMER will coordinate a summer program. Of course she/we has strong support from her head of schools, Josie.
Here it’s a welcoming blank slate to create another teacher lab with students working hand in hand.
Something new and wonderful for the HVWP and in 2+ hours with breaks for coffee and the bathroom we left with blurbs for Jack and the start of something wonderful at PDS.
What a way to spend a Saturday morning! I beamed all the way home.