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The ADE Experience

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.

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  • Welcome to the family, Steve! I’m glad it was so rewarding and that there was such a dynamic and inspiring group assembled. I had a very similar experience when I went through it in 2008. But we will always argue that our year was the best. Haha! Now the work continues!

    ADE = A Dynamic Experience. 🙂

  • Congratulations and welcome. Apple Camp is an inspiring experience and the support of the network that continues after camp is what truly makes it special.

  • Congratulations Steve! What a well deserved honor! I’ve been rooting for you the whole way. Proud to say I know such a marvelous ADE!

  • It’s just the beginning of the ride! ‘And, because of that….’

    Thanks for your time, your conversations, your presence – you inspired me.

  • I remember you asking about how to become an ADE at ISTE in D.C…. so awesome that it has become a reality! It’s great to have you as a part of the community.

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