"We were created for significance," Angela Maiers said in her 2011 TEDTalk entitled, You Matter, "and
one of the most dangerous things that can happen to us as individuals, as organizations, as a community, is the feeling that we don't matter."
The words, you matter, Angela asserts can change your mood, mind, and heart and they can change lives, and even the world, if they are understood and leveraged the in the right way. When someone believes that they matter, they see the world in a different light, and behave differently. They approach life and work in a manner that understands that their actions can have a positive impact on the world.
Angela Maiers - a teacher educator, author, and consultant - will kick-off this year's professional learning symposium as the keynote speaker at the district's convocation Monday, Aug. 18 at 9 a.m. Angela launched Choose2Matter, a global movement that challenges people to recognize that they have a unique genius to contribute to the world.
Angela taught in elementary schools in Des Moines, IA for 14 years. For the past 10 years, she has worked as a literacy coach, special programs coordinator, teacher trainer, and university professor and speaks often at major education and business conferences around the world. Angela earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a minor in Biology from the University of Iowa and completed her graduate and post graduate work at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She has also authored six books, including Classroom Habitudes and The Passion-Driven Classroom, which introduced the concept of “Genius Hour” in education. Her "You Matter" talk at TEDxDesMoines has been viewed several hundred thousand times and was the impetus for Choose2Matter.
The district will hold a two-and-a-half-day professional development symposium at Navasota High School. Teachers, administrators, and outside presenters will hold 50-minute, conference-style sessions for teaching faculty, staff, and parents (schedule coming soon). Participants will be able to choose from 10-12 topics during each presentation hour beginning Monday afternoon and ending at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. MORE INFORMATION