I spent November 7 at a one-day conference in Albany, New York, at the invite of the New York State Student Support Services Office. This is the second time I’ve come out to NY, working with the excellent crew led by Kim McLaughlin. It is really gratifying and encouraging to see a group of individuals so committed to trends that you have identified – that’s what these folks have done.
This gathering is the first of many in which a cohort of districts are committing to employing practical methods throughout their support services, one of which being meaningful involvement. I carefully explained my frameworks, focusing on the Cycle of Student Engagement, and highlighted research from Newmann, Mitra, and Rudduck. Fascinating conversation followed, and for the first time ever (in 30+ presentations) I was actually engaged in a substantive analysis of the research. I only felt marginally prepared for this, primarily because I have grown lax on that end of things. But it was a stimulating discussion, none-the-less.
Upshots of this particular presentation were the people I met, including Giselle Martin-Kniep. I look forward to seeing where those conversations can go. Equally as important, I look forward to watching and working with these schools and districts that the NY Student Support Services Office has so successfully exposed to meaningful student involvement. Between this visit and the other, I believe a tremendous introduction has been made. The next step will be watching where the seed grows.