I think it’s safe to say that most people think of spring as a time of renewal. However, at WATG, it feels like fall is the time to refresh and renew.
After the completion of another successful annual conference last month, the Board takes on a different look. Because we vote on our Board of Directors at the conference each year, we have members coming and going. It’s always an exciting time to meet new people and hear different perspectives. It really can rejuvenate everyone for the upcoming year.
This is also a time that our standing committee members change. There are some new Chairs. We have new Board Members joining committees that they feel comfortable with. Returning Board Members, looking for a new challenge, might switch to a different committee. The Programming Committee turns their focus to quarterly town halls, webinars, and of course, the next annual conference. The Membership Committee continues its push to increase parent participation through our free membership initiative. They also continue reaching out to potential partners in the business, education and non-profit worlds. Government Action will continue their hard work, working with the state legislators to improve gifted and talented funding and advocate for strong legislation in Wisconsin.
Of course, being hired only recently by WATG, everything is still relatively new to me. It’s like a daily breath of spring air as I learn and grow. It turns out that fresh starts and renewal are good any time of year.
Roxane Hagedorn, Executive Director of WATG
(WATG would like to extend its deep appreciation to Esther Vazquez Guendulain of Appleton Bilingual School for translating this article into Spanish for our Spanish-speaking families and educators. The translation can be found on our website blog.)