-Over half of our 2017 participants were from Title 1 schools -75% of our 2017 participants were new ECET2 attendees
ECET2 has a lasting impact...
- Over 80% of attendees believed their schools or districts would support their implementation of resources, knowledge, and connections gained from attending ECET2NC 2017 - Over 80% of attendees believed the breakout session benefited their practice - Over 90% of attendees felt that time spent with their Colleague Circles was effective "My Colleague Circle was a wonderful aspect of the convening. It was nice to connect with other teachers from my district and dig deep into the issues facing teachers and students today. I am looking forward to reconnecting with my colleagues soon to further discuss our goals." - 96% of attendees agreed or strongly agreed that they left ECET2NC 2017 inspired by what they heard in a "Cultivating a Calling" or keynote - Almost 100% of attendees felt that they left ECET2NC feeling confident, celebrated, and saw themselves as teacher leaders - Over 50% of attendees expressed that they planned to stay in contact with fellow attendees from other districts and almost 70% of attendees plan to seek teacher leadership roles in networks they heard about at ECET2NC 2017
What do the past attendees have to say?
- "Through the colleague circle time, we were able to come up with worthwhile plans to implement more meaningful collaboration throughout our county. It was incredibly beneficial to hear from a wide-range of teacher leaders and see how they put talk into practice in their classrooms and districts. " - "I engaged in high-level networking at the event, which made me feel empowered and heard. I also felt very valued, and loved engaging with teachers across the state. " -"This conference has empowered me to begin taking steps to lead in my building, even as a BT." - "I feel that the convening helped me to see how big, empowered, excited, and dedicated my tribe of teachers is across the state. It helped me to realize that I am not alone in the daily struggles of being a teacher, and that there are people and resources I can turn to if I need help." - "I feel renewed and empowered to grow, collaborate, and lead. I enjoy opening doors of possibility for my students. and I feel that this ECET2 has opened many for me or even let me know where the doors arethat I can go through if/when I want." - "Every time I am able to have deep conversations with fellow teachers around problems of practice (in this case, regarding the important topics of equity and new teacher supports), I am able to learn and grow as a professional and then leverage that growth in my own school and district. " - "The ECET2 convening was inspiring and rejuvenating. It feels great to know you aren't the only one pushing for changes in education. I now feel that I can make small changes that will directly impact my school and local community."
But don't take our word for it. Read the letter below written by a previous participant explaining the long lasting impact of ECET2NC.
Fellow educators, It is my privilege to be able to write to everyone about my experience with the ECET2 community. I am an English teacher at Rocky Mount High School in my seventh year of teaching, I have lived in North Carolina my entire life, and I am currently a member of the ECET2 planning committee. Because of my involvement in this organization, as both a participant and a planning committee member, I highly recommend this experience to anyone looking to improve teaching practices in their schools in an effort to improve learning experiences for their students. The most beneficial component of the ECET2 conference for me was the small group breakout sessions. Teachers from our district met to discuss our experiences in an effort to provide their knowledge on best practices, thus creating action research for partnering universities and colleges to use to improve teacher education and educational policy. These conversations were also beneficial because it allowed me to see that other educators faced similar obstacles and their responses gave me tools and resources I could use to overcome daily difficulties in the classroom. Also, it was encouraging to hear from others how well the rest of their colleagues embraced ideas to help promote student learning. This gave my colleagues, and myself, confidence to take these ideas back to our own school and put them into practice. The relationships that were fostered and the personal interactions with other educators gave me an experience in learning that is difficult to come by in a digital setting. It has been an honor working with educators in the state through this conference and I look forward to participating in the ECET2NC mission in helping educators identify their teacher “superpower” and using it to foster healthy working relationships between students and teachers for years to come.
Michael Morris English Teacher at Rocky Mount High Rocky Mount, NC