1. Sharpen the Saw

Sometimes you have to take a break from the “work” of your work to sharpen your skills. A dull axe won’t cut a tree nearly as effectively as a sharp one. Spend one day learning from your peers about innovations in the classroom and workforce development practices.

2. New Tools

Companies often have tools to display that we haven’t seen yet. Technology that make us more efficient, better positioned to make informed decisions, or give us some other sort of edge. Explore the Technology Gallery Walk to learn about quality online and other technology tools for teaching and career exploration.

3. Learn in a New Space

It’s easy to find ourselves in a rut. Sitting in the same chair, in the same office (or cubicle) or in the same building, can keep us from fresh thinking and new ideas. Consider why company retreats are taken off site!

4. Find Your Tribe

Sitting in a new space can spark us to create new approaches, make new connections, and strengthen existing relationships with fellow educators, advisors and administrators. Bounce around ideas and dive into conversation with new professionals and seasoned leaders.

5. Have Fun

Unwind, enjoy and partake in the myriad of sectors working together to create the high-energy microcosm that is the world-famous Mall of America!

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(Article adapted from Rich Brooks)