I took a short break from blogging in an attempt to win a local election. The timing seemed right to run for school committee to effect change in my town. (Check out my campaign statement and bio here if you are so inclined.)
The election was yesterday and unfortunately, I wasn't elected. My slogans were, "An Educator for Education, " and "Preparing our Students for THEIR World."
I don't really want to say much about the election other than it really is disappointing to believe that you are the most qualified candidate and to still lose. (Some of my own insecurities resurfaced but I quickly dealt with them.) I tried to stay away from my friends, because, really, what do you say to someone who loses an election?
Nevertheless, my passion for academic success for ALL learners remains as strong as ever. My passion for innovation, creativity and a commitment to asking questions and challenging assumptions remains as well. It was my hope to impact change in my town but it wasn't meant to be this year.
I will stay on the sidelines and share my expertise as situations arise.
Many people have encouraged me to run again next year. Who knows? There's plenty of time to make that decision. I think I'll sleep on it.... for a few months!