It is nice when islands connect. Today, another island connected as I listened to this TED talk on learning, real learning, authentic learning. The Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia isn't a new place for me. The principal and teachers from this school are out talking about their programming in a number of ways. It is comforting though to know that you aren't the only school out there trying to do things the right way, not caving to test prep and state requirements. I trust our process. I know our model is good and headed to great, but there are days when it feels lonely. There aren't other public expeditionary learning, 1:1 schools in Saint Louis, so here we are to rise alone or sink alone. Today, I think we will rise, but I can see across to the next island and so today we don't feel so alone.