I am thankful for many reasons and I wanted to send a “shout-out” to those who I am thankful for this year in the education world.
Diane Ravitch (@dianeravitch) – I am thankful for Diane Ravitch, a tireless public education advocate because she is not afraid of telling the truth, even if the truth is inconvenient. I have been a (mostly) faithful reader of Dr. Ravitch and find that, even if I don’t always agree with her views, she is eloquent in her articulation of what she believes is right and what is wrong in public education.
Marilyn Price-Mitchell (@drpricemitchell) – Earlier this year I struck up a wonderful conversation with Dr. Price-Mitchell about education reform. She is one of those people that, once you start talking to her, you feel like you’ve known her for years. I anxiously await her wonderful blog posts and insights and she is truly an advocate for our children.
Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) – Vicki Davis is, in a word, awesome. Her frequent posts on Twitter, on her blog, and elsewhere on educational technology are awe-inspiring and make me want to be like her when I grow up. Her desire for more flippedclassrooms and her tireless work in achieving this is only a small part of what endears her to my own desire for greater usage of educational technology in classrooms.
Kathy Schrock (@kathyschrock) – When Kathy Schrock essentially retired from her regular work in her SOS for Busy Teachers project, I was saddened to say the least. In my view, Kathy will always be a rock star among the edtech world. Her work on redefining Bloom’s taxonomy for educational technology use was simply genius and will continue to benefit countless teachers across the planet.
While I am sure there are dozens more educators that I could write about, when I thought about those who have influenced me the most this year, these four ladies were the first names that popped into my head. I strongly encourage anyone who is interested in developing their own fluency in education to follow them and, in the words of Harry Wong, “beg, borrow, and steal” their great thoughts and ideas.
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