This evening, I put on a quick 15 minute presentation for my school's PTA (my youngest daughter was my photographer). I was requesting any assistance available to go to The Ron Clark Academy. I showed them a few videos demonstrating the awesomeness of RCA. I then broke down the entire trip's expenses: the training, the hotel, the cab to the hotel, and the airline tickets. Most importantly, I spoke honestly about how I feel as an educator (passionate about teaching) and why I feel so strongly about RCA and their mission as well as my own mission of a mini-revolution in my own classroom. Changing American schools one classroom at a time is workable, doable and needed.
I requested whatever they might have available to put toward this cause.
They granted funding for the entire trip! Plus extra funds for any available training materials for the pd that I will be doing for the teachers next year and funds to cover food costs. I almost cried. No really, I almost cried!!! I was so grateful to have such an amazing response. I already knew that we have the best PTA ever, but this one tops the cake! I feel very blessed/lucky/whatever one might call it, that's me!
I look forward to my possible adventures in Atlanta during the National Educators Conference at RCA. WOW! I have wanted to visit RCA for so many years but for some reason, this year felt like the year I NEEDED to go. Now I can.