Can we talk? How many times have you been asked about being a Washington Teacher Leader and CORElaborate? How many times following that question have you sputtered and stammered your way through a less than inspired answer all the while wishing you had a better response at your fingertips?
Below is my version of an elevator talk you can adapt to fit your own style to answer that all important question… Who is a Washington Teacher Leader, and what is this organization called CORElaborate?
In Washington State, we CORElaborate. That’s the name for a diverse group of Washington Teacher Leaders who want to amplify educators’ voices to impact educational matters. Our varied, distinct, experienced, and educated voices signal we care about the education of our nation’s future. Our voices share our insights and first-hand experiences as teaching professionals in the state of Washington. We teach. We care. And we want to lead the changes in education for our students, our communities, and our colleagues.
The idea is based on a simple concept. We believe that the most skilled, caring people, who are best equipped to set the trends and shape the future of Washington State’s educational systems, are professionals.
We don’t agree on everything. We certainly don’t walk in lock-step. In fact, we disagree often about direction and detail. But we do so in a respectful manner that signals that we are all in this together. We believe that our diversity is our strength. In short, we value all opinions. The one thing we have in common is a belief that we don’t have to be bad to get better.
The group includes educators who teach math, science, the arts, languages, and English at all levels: elementary, intermediate, middle, high and alternative schools.
Our questions, knowledge, and responses are shared through blogs and tweets which we hope will trigger further conversations with other stakeholders.
The blogs highlight teaching strategies and discuss what works for us. The blogs also address issues that need attention. Other blogs appeal for help and ideas. And not all the blogs are about success stories. We share our challenges and ask for suggestions for improvement. Finally, a robust comments section flowers at the end of each posting. And that’s the joy of the project: It’s interactive.
We are also excited to utilize Twitter where we tweet about our victories, seek guidance, and share ideas. When a tweet is posted, people from all over the world immediately respond to the tweets and an instantaneous dialogue is begun.
Through positive Twitter posts at 7 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month, teachers and other interested individuals connect through the hashtag #WATeachLead and answer guiding questions about the education topic for the month. We are excited to Tweet victories, seek guidance, and share ideas. The tone is positive, the enthusiasm is palpable, and the shared information invaluable.
Another opportunity is the #TPEPChat at 7 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of every month.
d this unique opportunity to talk with other educational professionals to your repertoire. Come join us! Follow us at @corelaboratewa or read our blogs at http://corelaboratewa.org/corelaboratewa-archive/. You’ll be glad you did!