You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.

I dream a lot. I dream whole conversations in my head. I dream new ideas and innovate on old ones. I dream in technicolor. I dream weird stuff and cool stuff and crazy stuff and scary stuff, too. I dream when I sleep, and I dream when I am awake. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I bet you are, too. I have been thinking a lot these days about how the dreamers in my life have made such a profound difference to me.

dreamers imagine
Dreamers are never satisfied with what is – they are on a quest, an adventure perhaps, for what could be. Their ideas are sometimes so simple that they make me step back and question why I didn’t think of that. Their ideas are sometimes so off-the-wall that I wonder why on earth anyone would ever do that – until my curiosity catches up to their dreams. Dreamers dwell in the question and are rarely satisfied with the answer. Imagine what schools could be like with more dreamers like this.

dreamers inspire
Dreamers inspire others to tag along with them as they change the world. Their vision is compelling and creative and risky. They invite others to dream right along with them, not simply to buy into their dream, but to make the dream bigger, bolder, or more audacious. Dreamers inspire others to find the best in themselves – they encourage, they pester, they celebrate. Each of us can point to the people who inspired and nurtured our dreams. Think about those who inspired you to dream your dreams, and think about what schools would be like if every kid had a person who did that for them.

dreamers take risks
Dreamers are bold. They make mistakes and laugh at how silly it was to try that and then try something else. Dreamers defy gravity and dare to move beyond the idea to action. They don’t fall in love with their first ideas nor feel defeated by their first attempts. They lean into challenges, sign up early, stay late, and laugh a lot. They are comfortable with not needing to know how something will turn out before they start. They just start and adjust along the way. Kids deserve educators who take risks – after all, learning is risky business for a lot of them.

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. As a matter of fact, about 700 of us will gather in a couple of weeks at the 2017 think! conference – dream. Come dream with us.

What:     2017 think! conference – dream
Why:       You like learning with other risk-taking educators
When:     November 30 and December 1
Where:   Cedar Creek (between Austin and Bastrop) at the super-cool Lost Pines Resort
Who:       Hundreds of awesome educators
How:       Register at http://lead4ward.com/think/