undercoverBAT and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year
It was the year I met activists from around the country at the Network for Public Education’s Conference in Chicago. It was the year I was a delegate at the NEA Representative Assembly in Chicago. Those were the two bright spots in an otherwise dark year.
Because there’s no nice way to put it: this has been a devastating year, both personally and professionally.
I thought the last few years had their low points. Little did I know what was lurking around the corner when the ball dropped to ring in 2015.
It was the year I lost my job.
It was the year I suffered a loss far greater than that.
This blog is almost exactly one year old. I adopted the Twitter handle @undercoverbat in the fall of 2014 after the BAT Rally in DC on the steps of the Department of Education. Even then I pondered starting a blog and participated in Anthony Cody’s how-to session, but I wasn’t ready. Yet.
I’ve been rereading what I’ve posted this year, and wow. I sounded so naive and innocent in the beginning. (In my defense, I hadn’t returned to school from break yet. Things quickly spiraled downward.)
I’ve looked at the page statistics on WordPress, and these were the 12 most-read posts of 2015. Interestingly (to me, anyway), exactly half were published before I lost my job, and half were published during and after.
So…here we go. Continue reading