Because I want to help teachers learn online in innovative and valuable ways….

Because I want to continue learning from my PLN…

Because my school isn’t in a position of offer me the kind of work I want to do….

Because I am lucky to be in a situation where I can explore options….

I am leaving my school in June and joining Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach’s and Will Richardson’s Powerful Learning Practice.

Sheryl and I both attended TEDxNYED (what a great experience) last weekend. Though there have been critics of the tedxnyed format, I found the day inspiring. I knew wherever I turned, I would be able to pick up a conversation with someone who spoke the same language. Sitting side by side sharing comments with Sheryl about the speakers and reading her posts later have validated my decision to leave. I need to continue to explore transformative  ways to learn, collaborate, and share online. My ideas about how students need to learn and grow have changed, and I am eager to join like-minded folks who have this passion and expertise.

Having this year with my eighth-graders has cemented my beliefs. They have provided me with an abundance of examples of how to make this work–and we’re not finished yet. Look for Space Literary Magazine that I’ll be working on with George Mayo, and links to a collaborative Social Justice project I am working on with Heather Durnin.

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.  ~Victor Frankl

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  1. Congratulations and bet of luck! You are in great hands with Sheryl and Will!

    Love your final quote…currently looking for something that will challenge me in my career. Hopefully I will find it this year, if not next.

  2. Good luck with your next step, Susan. I’m a student teacher in Scotland and have followed your Web 2.0 explorations with great interest. Good for you for going with it; you’re a great advocate for teachers who thrive on learning. Best, Debbie

  3. Congratulations. You have been a wonderful advocate for using technologies to give your students better learning experiences. I look forward to hearing about your new adventures in the Web world. I know you will continue to inspire me (and others).

  4. Well done, Susan. Of course, I am extremely jealous of your opportunity but your credentials in networked learning are outstanding and you will be a huge asset to the PLP team. Being privileged enough to participate in a minor role in some PLP cohorts over the past two years, I know what an amazing job PLP does for educators looking to be connective learners that “walk the walk” in terms of the un-learning and re-learning that all citizens will need for their future participation and prosperity. The TEDxNYED had an amazing line up – I would have especially liked to have heard Dan Meyer and George Siemens but hopefully the archived video will be up so that those of us educating down under can check it all out.

  5. Susan,

    I am so thrilled for you and PLP! What a great match! Looking forward to continuing this learning alongside you. You are a wonderful leader in the educational network-and a lovely friend!


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