A Week Full of Firsts

Hot air balloons are up in Albuquerque! What a welcome sight. Pardon my not posting anything last week. For the first time, I went to Montgomery, AL to join a conference of fellow education bloggers. About twenty of us from across the country spent a few days sharing stories and inspiring one another for this challenging work. We come from all walks of life, most of us having worked in education in one form or another.

 
 

Whether from Los Angeles, Tulsa, or Boston, it was fascinating to hear the shared struggle of education activists pushing back against systems that have left children behind for too long. We traded stories of what brings us to the work, including who and what we fight for. Thankfully we all think quite differently and come from vastly different backgrounds, so there was a plenty of learning and growing.

 
 

As part of our time together, we visited The Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which opened this past April. Both locations are supported by the Equal Justice Initiative and “dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow.” I was both mesmerized and broken by the experience but feel lucky for the opportunity. Our country needs more truth for there ever to be more reconciliation.

 
 

In other (and pleasantly surprising) news, last week NMEducation was awarded an “Editor’s Choice Content Award” from SmartBrief for my personal story about not finishing high school. “SmartBrief Education’s monthly Editor's Choice Content Award recognizes content written by educators, for educators that inspires readers to engage, innovate and discuss. Our editors and writers sift through thousands of sources each day, reading a variety of content, including blogs and commentaries written by you and your peers.”

I didn’t know this award existed before receiving it but am thankful and feel honored our hard work and truth telling is being heard by so many in and out of The Land of Enchantment. As was affirmed last week, the truth often isn’t valued by those who rule kingdoms built on falsehoods. It can be treacherous to speak truth to those in power. But, we must continue on.