Margaret Raymond Driscoll is a nine-year Melrose School Committee member who is passionate about excellent teaching and learning for all public school students, and considers it a privilege to collaborate with others who share that passion. You can also follow her on Twitter at @MargaretDrisc. Just to be clear - opinions expressed here do not represent those of the Melrose Public Schools, the Melrose School Committee, or the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials - they are hers alone.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Employing Wisdom from the Annual Association Conference

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” 

Michelangelo's quote was provided by Anne Byrne, President of the National School Boards Association, during her opening comments at the Mass. Association of School Committees and Mass. Association of School Superintendents annual joint conference from November 5th through the 8thIt was a privilege to attend two keynote presentations, eight panel sessions (and participate as a panel member for another session), and five meals with colleagues to share experiences and ideas. The variety of district profiles is striking for our small state but there is one universal – an enormous number of passionate volunteers who believe in the power of public education to enrich, reward, and challenge students. Learning from them was incredibly energizing, and I’ll post the highlights on this blog as I collect my thoughts and consider the take-aways for Melrose, keeping in mind Michelangelo’s inspiring words.