My 2020 Summer of Learning

by Stephanie, June 13, 2020
In my neck of the woods, schools are wrapping up the school year. My high-schooler has completed his finals and my two middle-schoolers have only a few short days until they finish their virtual classes. I’ve already started teaching summer classes at the University and the weather is finally warming up to where I believe summer might actually be around the corner. And that means….creating my plan for summer learning. 

If you’ve been reading my work for a while, then you know I am a planner (sometimes, an over-planner!). I like knowing what is coming next, I like feeling in control of my days and I like knowing that I have an end goal that I am always reaching for. So, each summer, I think about the kind of person I am and the days I currently have…..and the kind of person I want to be and the days I want to have. And then, I make a plan. This summer, I am planning to read far more than I have through COVID-19, am connecting with teachers at many virtual conferences and am even offering my own virtual professional learning sessions for instructional coaches online. But don’t worry, I plan to add in a whole lot of unstructured family fun, too. =)

Here’s what’s in my plan for the summer:

More pleasurable reading: During COVID-19, I had all intentions of moving at a slower pace and enjoying a great deal of personal reading time…..that never happened. Instead, I was attending Zoom meeting after Zoom meeting and couldn’t get in the right headspace to attend to and enjoy a book. I plan to change that and am going to carve out some time in the wee hours of the morning with a cup of coffee to make sure I start with what matters most. Kris McGee and I are offering another round of the #BookYourself Summer Reading Challenge for Teachers and I hope you’ll join me in boosting your own reading life too! Here are some titles currently in my stack. Just click on the titles to learn more:
More connections with educators: While my eyesight might disagree, I am incredibly grateful for the digital and virtual connections that technology has made possible during this challenging time of social distancing. More than ever, I am connecting with teachers and students, collaborating around professional learning from home and learning so much in the process. This summer, I dedicated myself to sharing my learning with others and am presenting at multiple virtual conferences. Here’s where you can find me. Click on the name of each conference to register!
  • You’ll find me at the free ISTE Digital Storytelling Network series on June 24th talking about how I use hyperdocs to invite students into summer writing and notebooking….and their teachers, too! 
  • Next Up? The free Sibme Better Together Conference! I’ll be talking about all things PD, especially on how to create virtual PD teachers will actually want to attend from June 29 - 30. 
  • On July 10th, I’ll be talking about how we can shift literacy intervention online at the free Learning with Innovative Technology Conference.
  • Then, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on leading virtual coaching cycles at the Simply Coaching Summit on July 14th.
  • I’ll continue my focus on summer writing with teachers at the Collaborate. Coach. Lead conference in July. I’ll be talking about my own notebooking process to coach and lead for equity and social justice. 
Offering my own virtual learning for coaches: I’ve finally done it. I’ve thought about it for a long, long time and finally made the leap to offer my own professional learning experiences for coaches! My first live, synchronous series of sessions explores coaching sketchnote books and why every coach HAS to create one. My coaching sketchnote book is an indispensable tool in my own coaching and I know it can transform coaching and leading for others, too. If you’re interested in learning more, you can learn more on my website and then join me for a month of sketchnoting and notebooking together!

Years ago, my children made a ‘Jug of Fun’, recycling an old jar of iced tea into a coin collection to save money for a summer vacation. Every time I look at that jug, I smile and think of the memories we made planning for our summer activities together. And now, looking at this blog post, I smile as I think of all of the connections I’ll make with educators as we continue to strengthen our own learning together. 

What are you planning for your own summer of learning?

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  1. Thank you for the inspiration and great ideas!
    Question: What are the dates for your Coaching Sketchnote Book course?

    1. Hi Cathy!

      Here are the dates:
      July 6, 2020 7pm EST
      July 13, 2020 7pm EST
      July 20, 2020 7pm EST
      July 27, 2020 7pm EST

      I hope you can make it! Do you have any questions I can answer?



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