As I rehearsed for this I could never say the ending without choking up, you can hear in my voice at the end that I barely made it through. I think it makes me emotional because those of us in education know so many students who are surrounded by fences they didn't build but must somehow get over to reach their dreams and goals. As educators we try to empower them to build a bridge to get over that fence.
A big part of project-based learning and the culture of schools in our network is is to be connected to each other, to their community and to the world. A few weeks ago we issued a challenge to students around the country, "How have you been building bridges?". We received over 60 amazing 2 minute videos from students that , in spite of the fences in their own lives, are busy building bridges to help those around them over fences.
Take a look at this playlist and be inspired by these amazing students who are building bridges of their own!