The ADE Experience

13 Apr 2011

WOW! The most incredible professional experience of my life. This was like nothing I have ever participated in before. The Apple Distinguished Educators Institute had the intensity of some of my most emotional and rewarding life experiences, combined; the exhaustion of two-a-day football practices, the professional growth of an exceptional conference, intellectual challenges and thought provoking conversations with great thinkers, the self-examination of a deep therapy session, and the fun and friendships of a very memorable summer camp.

At the beginning it felt like I was joining a cult. But I have wanted to drink this “Kool-ADE” for quite some time.

The people really made this special. They provided great inspiration, guidance, challenges, discoveries, and connections. I’m grateful for all the time and energy the board invested in preparing the Institute for us. The ADEs who went through this experience with me are an elite group of educators and great people.

It is difficult to pick one aspect that was more meaningful than the rest. What really affected me deeply was the reflection time. The Institute was very challenging and provided an opportunity for deep thinking. We reflected formally and informally, in groups, one on one, and I also reflected alone. I learned a lot about myself this week. I’m still reflecting, processing the experience.

I drank the “Kool-ADE” and I’m glad I did. I feel different today. I’m a better person. I’m a better educator. I’m an ADE.