Recently, I was invited to be interviewed for a podcast. I was so honored to be contacted through Twitter and be asked to share my story. It’s something I do to people all the time, invite them to tell their stories. Here’s what happened…
If you haven’t read part 1 of Jeff Zanger’s story, please read it first. In his previous post, Jeff Zanger shared a very personal story about his life and the death of his son Easton. In this post, Jeff continues his personal JRNEY that takes him all over the world to become the global educator he is today.
I met Jeff at ISTE18. He sat next to me in a meeting about global collaboration. What he didn’t realize at the time was that he gave me a very nice compliment about a curriculum I had developed while working for a global ed. company the year before. I had a chance to chat a bit with Jeff during the conference and could tell right away that he was a passionate global educator. What I didn’t realize was the incredible story he had to tell. There’s so much we can learn from this story, so I decided to split it into two posts without having to cut anything. I hope you are inspired as much as I have been. Here’s part 1 of Jeff’s story.
While I have never met Jacob in person, our paths continue to cross. Last week, I shared a story of some time spent with the founders of Inspire Citizens in Beijing. This week, I introduce you to Sule Jacob Olaoluwa who is also a member of the Inspire Citizens team of educators and unlikely founder of an organization dedicated to quality education in Nigeria. Here’s his story of how iREAD to Live Initiative came to be…
High energy, tattoo- clad, and smiles from ear to ear, this is Steve and Aaron, founders of Inspire Citizens. Upon first glance, they don’t look like educators. They look like you might find them in a night club and not a classroom, but they are the real deal.
Nam is a regular contributor to the JRNEY blog, and I admire him a great deal. In fact, I hope to be able to visit him in Vietnam in the very near future. In this blog, he discusses an important topic, within in context of Vietnam, that increasingly affects every educator around the world: migration. When homes are no longer safe or opportunities arise or diminish, people move. People have always moved, and they will always continue to do so. How education responds depends on you.
I met Greg in June at the end of a scavenger hunt as part of an ISTE Global Collaboration PLN event. And I'm so glad I did. Right away I could tell that Greg was one of the good guys working hard to find ways to make the lives of kids and teachers better. And his way was through analytics. Now this is not my normal cup of tea, but when I heard him explain what he was doing, I felt strongly about having him share his story here.
I had the pleasure of spending some time with Gina at the ISTE conference in Chicago this past June and seeing the result of her JRNEY in action. While my path to teaching was direct, my path out of the classroom has been meandering, to say the least, and I believe that these crooked, twisting roads lead us to our best selves both inside and outside the classroom. Gina’s story is a perfect example of how the process is the point.