Zain's Top 5 Moments Of 2012 - Moment #2

This is a multi-post series highlighting what I think were my top moments / events in 2012.

Moment #2 - "Disrupting Class"

Me teaching a session on the academic applications of Twitter
We are now at Moment #2 of my Top 5 Moments of 2012 year review and things are getting a bit more serious.

So far, I have highlighted the following as my top moments in 2012:
While each of the above has had a profound impact on my life, they all revolved around new experiences and my resulting personal growth.

Moment #2 is about something internal and much more personal than the previous three. It is about one of my oldest and deepest passions -- teaching.

In 2012, after several months of difficult work that is still going, I had the opportunity, neigh, the privilege of working with some fantastic high school students in the South Bronx (New York City) through an intrapreneurial program that I co-founded / co-lead at my current company.

The program aims to teach high school students important college and career preparedness skills through a four-year technology-enabled curriculum. The goal of the program is for every participant to have a post-secondary acceptance of their choosing by the time they complete high school and the technology skills and experiences they need to successfully pursue a professional career after college.

So far, we have held two pilot sessions in preparation for our launch in January 2013, and they have been some of the most memorable moments of my life. Seeing the excitement in the students' eyes when they were learning about using Twitter academically and observing the eagerness with which they listened to a panel on the value of college was absolutely wonderful. 

Students learning about the value of college
While our team's primary goal for these pilot sessions was to inspire our students to learn about technology and understand the value of college, I gained a lot as well. Students have a knack for impacting teachers in profound ways when we least expect it. Indeed, after both pilot sessions, I left inspired by the passion I saw in the students' eyes and excited about the positive impact our team was able to have in such a short period of time. I left reassured about the future of the program and what our students would be able to accomplish over the course of the next four years.

I am also very grateful that I have the privilege of working at a company that encourages me to pursue my passion in education and gives me the support I need to put it into practice. I am proud of our team (it is a great team!) and what we have been able to accomplish already and what we will hopefully accomplish in the coming years. 

At its core, Moment #2 is about discovering and pursuing my passion. I was lucky to have found my passion for education a long time ago, but teaching makes my top moments list because I feel like I am finally able to pursue it in a sustainable and high-impact way.

I look forward to what 2013 holds in store for this program, our team and all the students involved in it.

Stay tuned for my top moment of 2012.

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