I am thinking that the success of the War Rooms at the national conferences could lead to regional War Rooms. We could use the PLC to create a list of PLC members in each major metro area who would like to get some War Room training going on year round.
Since many of us now know what the War Room format looks like, we could organize trainings that follow the format of what we did in Chicago and Denver. With Sean and Ray and others in the Chicago area, for example, it’s a no-brainer. There is a group forming around Melisa and Derek in St. Louis, as well.
The idea, of course, is that traditional presentations at conferences, though valuable, don’t get the teachers up and working on their feet. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a minute of teaching on our feet in front of our peers is worth a thousand presentations.
On a personal note, I can’t ever remember being as happy in teaching as I was in those War Room settings in Denver and Chicago. I was just so happy to be with those people in those very rich hours. I watched people working so hard to get better at this, and hitting many home runs out of the park.
The War Rooms kind of blew my mind. My thinking is that if people like Jason from Scotland can do that kind of teaching via just internet training, what could they do if they were part of a regional group that meets even once or twice a year in a War Room setting?
Maybe we can collect the names of interested PLC members per region here, and get some email lists going and start planning some meetings. All we really need is one person from each region to agree to coordinate meeting in their area using the email list that we get going here. Is anyone willing to take that on in your region?
I am already in contact with Don Reed and John Piazza about doing a War Room session in the SF area because I will be out there anyway after Christmas.