West Des Moines' Teachers Flash Mob Sings A Lesson For Educators Everywhere!

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Happy New School Year to all you teachers and educators out there!

Yes, it’s another chance to do it even better!

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Speaking of that, here’s a lesson in betterment, courtesy of some very brave, committed teachers in West Des Moines, Iowa. Watch it by clicking on their photo at the right, and don’t forget to select full screen and turn your speakers up.

It’s a doozy of opening to a New School Year, and it may get you up out of your chair and applauding, too. It’s a needed call to action. Action, now!

For those of us out there who have sat through these School New Year Welcome Sessions in the past, this VIRAL YouTube video from last week’s internet may come as a big surprise! Their message is not just more words, It’s a Call To Action! 

What’s exciting about their message is that instead of just listening to their Superintendent’s Welcome, one by one, 27 of the over 600 certified staff and 30+ administrators in the West Des Moines Community Public Schools audience rose up and walked to the stage to sing a powerful, choral version of “One More Day,” from the popular musical “Les Miserables.”

CallToArmsThey sang loudly, bravely and powerfully. They sang the beautiful song that reminds us all to press on: 

“One day more! / Another year and one more planning day. / As we start this road to the end of May / these students who in spring were here / will surely come to school this year. / One day more!”

These dedicated teachers creatively modified the lyrics of the musical to suit the call of their own challenges to their colleagues to be ready for the several thousand students who were coming back in just one more day.

There’s was a powerful, sung message of working together and teaming, forming Professional Development learning groups, sharing what they’ve learned and asking questions from those more experienced….all to prepare for the legions of learners about to storm their classroom doors.

FlagYES, right now, it’s a call to action, a call to readiness, a call to stand up once again and deliver the learning that’s so greatly needed by all these millions of K12 kids we serve. It’s time to say Happy New School Year to them and to one another, with the closing wish of ”Let’s do it even better!” 130 thousand schools are open or about to, and a hundred fifty million students storming the doors to the welcoming arms of 4.5 million teachers. And we each have another chance to do it better. Let’s not waste it!

How is this possible, you ask, to do it even better? What can we change? More specifically, how can EdTech in general and we at RE@L in particular add useful answers to these pressing questions of betterment? 

Well, there are answers and we at RE@L are ready to stand and deliver our own. Just visit next weeks RE@L blog to hear us.  No, we won’t be singing our answers, and you should be very grateful about that. So, stay tuned to our next Blog and listen to our own RE@L Chorus recite their lyrics of hope for a better K12 world.

We close with the last few verses of the “Les Miserables” finale,  sung by the entire castListen carefully. Listen for the “distant drums” of the future we all need to hear (Excerpted from the “Cameron Mackintosh Presents Les Miserables Original Broadway Cast Recording”, 1987).

Click HERE and then Click “Open” in the top right hand corner of the window.

Listen to this powerful call to action to bring a new freedom of learning and teaching to students and teachers everywhere. Here’s the printed version:

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“Is there a world you long to see?

Do you hear the people sing?

Say, do you hear the distant drums?

It is the future that we bring

When tomorrow comes!

Will you join in our crusade?

Who will be strong and stand with me?

Somewhere beyond the barricade

Is there a world you long to see?

Do you hear the people sing

Say, do you hear the distant drums?

It is the future that we bring

When tomorrow comes!

Tomorrow comes!”

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Visit our RE@L Blog next week for our Final Reprise of “A world we all long to see.”

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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, and his visionary response to educational reform, was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom was an experienced high school teacher of mathematics, a school administrator, and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. He is also a member of the RE@L Team. Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L and one of the founders of MECC Software who brought “Oregon Trail” to millions of K12 kids everywhere. He has written extensively on the history and evolution of Ed Tech. His work in forging new paths for MECC’S “edutainment" software was instrumental in connecting school-markets, kids, teachers and consumer-markets/kids/parents, and now serves as the new launching pad for RE@L apps and software.