Brene Brown defines connection as “the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” That is what this year’s AASA National Conference on Education has done for the 3600+ attendees. We are strengthened and energized by the power of the connections that this year’s conference has brought.
Whether you saw friends and colleagues that you have not seen (other than on a screen) for the past two years or you connected to someone new at a session, in the lobby, or at a reception, the power of this conference to unite public school leaders has never been more needed than now. Sessions on building the leadership pipeline, the power of social media for outreach and networking, and student voice and choice provided us with knowledge, strategies, and resources to continue our work as school leaders.
Not only have the leaders and behind the scenes workers of AASA delivered another outstanding learning opportunity, they understand and nurture the power of connection and relationships. Here, we are seen, heard, and valued. Here, we interact without judgment. Here, we gain the substance and energy that encourages us to keep serving our students and our communities.
Thank you to Dan Domenech, executive director, and Paul Imhoff, president, for your leadership in connecting us in pursuit of student-centered, equity-focused education.
See you in San Antonio!