Not long ago, I was walking down the hall with my principal. I told her that Lester Laminack was going to be presenting in a neighboring state in April and that I planned on going to see him as I had Georgia Heard last year. The event is scheduled on a Saturday and the price is very reasonable. She encouraged me to attend and asked me to spread the word within our building.
Once others heard, they too expressed interest in attending the conference. I returned to my principal to pitch an idea. I asked her if we could trade an upcoming professional development day for attending the Saturday conference in April. That would mean those going to see Lester Laminack could have the scheduled March professional development day off in compensation. I also asked if she would pay the sixty dollar fee for the conference. She thought that was a great idea and took the proposition to the superintendent. I was shocked when I got the answer.
The superintendent and the principal whole-heartedly supported the plan and asked teachers interested to please commit quickly so the entrance fee could be submitted. Over half of our teaching staff took the offer and plan on attending the April conference. Car pools are being planned and teachers are looking forward to the Saturday pilgrimage to New Hampshire.
What I thought was a shot in the dark turned out to be an easy trade with full support from our administration. That is why I am writing this piece, drinking a second cup of coffee and I am still in my bathrobe on this rainy Friday morning.