Why I Teach for America – Summit Week (1)

I am taking a break from regular scheduled programming to bring my thoughts on the Teach for America 20th Anniversary Summit I attended in Washington, D.C. this past weekend.  Basically, it was amazing and I already cannot wait to attend the 25th Anniversary Summit.

Friday morning my friend/colleague/life-saver Carmen and I flew to D.C.  We took the metro to our hotel and then wandered around in search of food.  We ended up finding this really delicious authentic Mexican restaurant, where I had a salad made up of baby cactus and tomatoes.  I mainly got it because I was curious, but man, baby cactus is pretty delicious.

We then walked over to the Mall and ended up at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, which was fantastic.  They have such a wide variety of stuff, from Dorothy’s ruby slippers to Julia Child’s kitchen to many of the First Ladies’ Inaugural gowns.  The Abraham Lincoln was particularly wonderful.  The whole thing really made me miss being a history major.  :)

Friday night was a regional reception, which was pretty much the only time I saw most of the Memphis people (other than Carmen, of course).  There were so many people at the Summit, it was just crazy.  I did get the opportunity to talk to a few of the people who were incredibly influential in my Institute experience, however, so that was great.  After the regional reception, we had a Memphis after-party at a nearby restaurant, which was fun.  Then we headed back to the hotel to rest up for our super busy Saturday.

Tomorrow’s post: The Opening Plenary Session with many, many big names in education reform.

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