I just returned from a wonderful, relaxing vacation in Turks and Caicos, a beautiful part of the West Indies, and I am now raring to go, with a schedule of events for the next week plus ahead.

On Wednesday evening, I will join John Merrow in conversation at the JCC in upper West Side of Manhattan, 7:30-9:30 pm.

On Friday, I will be in Indianapolis at Butler University, watching a showing of a school documentary called “Rising Above the Mark,” made by Indiana educators led by Superintendent Rocky Killion. I will be part of a panel discussion after the film is shown.

On Saturday, March 1, I will be the keynote speaker at the AACTE’s annual meeting. I was thrilled to learn today that I will be introduced by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.

I fly to Austin that afternoon, and arrive that night to join the first annual conference of the Network for Public Education.

On March 2, I will give the keynote at the NPE meeting and listen in to all the panels of activists from across the nation.

On March 3, I will be a keynote speaker at the SXSW conference in Austin from 1:30-2:30 in the opening session.

On March 4, I fly home.

On March 13, I will participate in an exciting discussion at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York, with Carol Burris, Pasi Sahlberg, Michael Fullan, and Andrew Hargreaves. The event will be moderated by Southold-Greenport superintendent David Gamberg, and will be joined by other Long Island superintendents and members of the Long Island ASCD.

On March 17, I will be in D.C. to speak to Title I coordinators from across the nation.

On March 22, I will speak to the annual conference of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project run by Lucy Calkins.

April 1, I will be at Syracuse University.

April 3, I will give the John Dewey address at AERA in Philadelphia.

You see the kind of energy a good week’s vacation can give you?