I have a sickness and it’s called an addiction to graduate school. For whatever reason, I can’t just be okay learning on my own…I find the allure of big bills and credit hours too much to resist. After building experience as a formal K-12 leader, my next thought goes to, what do I need so I can realistically purse any position that I find interesting? What do I want to do?
I’ve spent a good deal of time talking to folks in doctoral programs across the county that cater to mid-career professionals who can’t stop their lives for a residency. I’ve learned a good deal about some quality programs both inside and outside the Midwest. There are no lack of opportunities, or good folks that I trust to say good things about the program. What it comes down to is what I want…and I’m looking at three areas to vet – leadership, ed tech or teaching & learning.
Thus far, I’ve taken A LOT of leadership classes, your garden variety of ed tech classes are less helpful than a good blog and a teaching & learning path would help me fill a big void in my skill set. I think it really boils down to leadership and technology for learning. If it’s at all ed tech like, it needs to focus on how the brain learns and how those needs can be met with technology.
I’m still on the fence, but I think I’ve been able to effectively look at myself and decide what I really want to do with my career. Maybe that will include a doctoral program, or maybe in involves connections, the web and some books…
Who knows, but I look forward to the learning and growing!!!