First, there was the Martin Institute Summer Conference. This yearly conference at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis has become a yearly staple in my personal professional development plan. I have presented at this conference before with Dr. Megan Salemi and with the Memphis Area Independent Schools Technology Education Consortium, but this year I applied and was accepted as an independent presenter. My topic was how I utilized Project Zero's Thinking Routines, Kylene Beers and Bob Proubst's Reading Signposts, and Kate Roberts and Christopher Lehman's Reading Lenses in my work with students who struggle with reading comprehension. It was a lot to cover in 75 minutes, and I did not do justice to any of my fabulous mentors. I'm celebrating presenting here on my own and just hope that I was able to convey how helpful these strategies were in assisting students who struggle with comprehension.
Next up was All Write, my favorite PD event of the year and a definite cause for celebration. I began going to this conference three years ago, and it is now a priority event in my professional development calendar. This year was the best yet as Ruth Ayres introduced me to some wonderful teacher bloggers who encouraged me to get back to blogging! I am celebrating the opportunity to befriend and learn with and from this wonderful group of ladies. Because of their support and encouragement, I celebrate that I will make time to write.
Then, it was off to the University of Missouri for Summer Welcome with Sarah. It's hard to believe that she will be leaving for college in less than a month. It's definitely a cause for celebration, but it's a bittersweet one in many ways.