February 9, 2014
An Open Letter to the AAEEBL Community
Hello all – In December, I learned that I had blocked
coronary arteries and would need heart surgery to bypass the blocked
arteries. I had the surgery on January
14, almost four weeks ago.
As many of you know, this kind of surgery has become common
and low risk. Since it is such a serious
operation, it seems odd to call it "common” and "low risk.” But, it is.
For most of those who go through the surgery, decades of life are added.
And, in fact, after recovery, many of
those who undergo this surgery experience improved life.
I am now recovered enough to return to AAEEBL work. My surgery has put us a bit behind our normal
schedule at AAEEBL. For that, we
apologize. Judy Williamson Batson, our
CEO, had not only AAEEBL to direct during my recovery, but had to manage my
recovery as well. This was quite a
challenge and I am deeply thankful for her efforts on behalf of AAEEBL and on
behalf of me.
Meanwhile, we have three conferences planned between now and
the end of July. Because of my absence
and the demands of my recovery, we now have slightly foreshortened deadline
periods for submitting proposals for our conferences:
April 8-9, 2014 in Long Beach
May 18-19, 2014, University of Michigan
July 28-31, 2014 in Boston
We are getting back on track. We expect our operations to return to normal
in regards to our Conferences, our Webinars and The AAEEBL Learner. We also expect to see conferencing on our
Website take on a life of its own. I am
happy to be back at work and look forward to many more years of my personal
involvement with AAEEBL. ePortfolios
remain, to me, one of the most hopeful technologies, produced by a vital and
creative industry, and supported and used by a wonderful global community of
scholars and practitioners.