Local teachers attend conference at TAMU-Texarkana

Teachers from Cass County joined teachers from the Texarkana area at Texas A&M University-Texarkana Feb. 2-3, for an inspirational conference.
Educators drove in from Dallas and Houston as well to take part in the Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) event.
The East Texas Teachers Association sponsored the second annual event funded through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Only 200 invites were sent out to teachers who have defined and embarked upon their leadership path to provide powerful examples and inspiration to those who are still in the process of developing their teacher leader identities and leadership paths.  
ECET2 was born out of a desire to provide a forum for exceptional teachers to learn from one another and to celebrate the teaching profession.
ECET2 seeks to realize a teacher’s potential by ensuring each convening aligns with its six key beliefs:
Nurturing trust among teachers, focusing on each teacher’s potential for growth, inspiring both the intellect and the passion that drives teachers in their work, providing time for collaboration and learning, putting teachers in the lead and recognizing teachers as talented professionals.
These conferences focus on teacher leadership and innovative instructional practices to support great teaching practice. 
The ECET2 Texarkana team is made of teacher leaders from Texarkana, Liberty-Eylau, Pleasant Grove, Redwater, and Redlick Independent School Districts. 
ECET2 Texarkana is one of only 37 regional conventions in the U.S. and the only regional convening in the state of Texas for this school term. 
These teachers view teaching as more than simply a profession, rather they see it as a calling, work constantly to improve their craft, identifying and applying successful tools and strategies and taking time to reflect on their practice, collaborate with peers, parents, and the community to improve the outcome of their students and stand firmly behind what they see is best for their students and offer viewpoints, even when it is unpopular to do so.

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