It IS an interesting word I suppose, but I had to chuckle when I saw a tweet float by saying "What is this '#Mattawan' thing?". Well... what it was was simply a great day of learning and connecting in an everyday Michigan school district. Ben Rimes, in collaboration with the administration and teacher leaders, has done a fabulous job of bringing together a day for energizing the creativity and innovation of teachers. This year he even opened the doors for educators from outside the district and brought in Rushton Hurley, an Ed Tech rockstar whose quirky but authentic ways of engaging the audience are always a pleasure to watch. This medium-scale event with heavy local emphasis plus experts from around the state proved to be a great way to jump-start the Back-to-School season for me.