A typical day went something like this:
6:15 -- get up, eat breakfast, skim/read the articles and essays assigned for today
7:30 -- start driving before the turnpike traffic gets bad
8:40 -- arrive in Worcester
9:00 - 10:15 -- discussion/lecture, usually led by journalism history professor David Nord
10:30 - 11:45 -- exploring documents on a related topic in an upstairs library room (see photos above)
12:00 - 1:00 -- lunch (That's right: more than 20 minutes!!)
1:00 - 2:15 -- a second discussion / lecture
2:30 - 4:00 -- exploring more documents in small groups
5:30ish -- return home
One afternoon we went to the Edes & Gill Printing Office in Boston's North End, and another day we visited the Olde Sturbridge Village living museum. We only took one day off (Sunday August 2 -- my birthday!) so there was not much breathing room between topics and activities.
I have many pages of workshop notes to file away properly (ha!), or at least re-read and highlight. Very soon I plan to post something new about "what I learned during summer vacation." Meanwhile I can just gush about the general awesomeness of truly collaborative and interactive PD. We had about a dozen different opportunities for hands-on experience with all kinds of documents -- really doing, not just talking. The fellow participants were terrific! Like I said, folks came from all over the country and we shared standardized testing stories, different state requirements for certifications, idiosyncrasies of our school districts and admins.
Oh yeah, and all the other teachers were really cool too. Eleven workshops in 12 calendar days could have been unbearably intense, and there were plenty of reasons and ways for us to get competitive or cranky. But we were still tight on the last day, with plans to stay in touch with GoogleDrive folders and perhaps a Facebook group. This will be a tough act to follow....