Mary Beth Hertz Clutching Gadgets
Of course this comes from a real situation. Why else would I write it? Only on the Center for Teaching Quality:
Yet, there’s a new type of professional development that’s arisen from connected educators. I’m calling it a third-rail professional development, a hybrid of tech savvy and a healthy dose of networking can make for professional development that neither stagnates nor overbears. The thing with PD right now is that, no matter how creative central offices try to be, teachers still come out of them feeling like they learned nothing of substance when they hoped for at least a nugget of information. Principals want something tangible to come from these meetings, often choosing only a select group of people to attend these things and expecting a boost of some nature from kids.
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Teacherpreneurs, The Book
First off, happy Labor Day to all. As you can probably tell, I’ve been writing my heart out. I’m surprised by some of the spaces that have asked me to write, too. News on that forthcoming.
In the meantime, I wrote a personal confession about my job as a teacher on my new CTQ spot:
Confession: when they came to my school, I felt a little trepidation. I’d known Barnett and Ann for years through my work on Teaching2030, writing for the org, and now as an honored board member for CTQ. I rarely invite people from my online world into my school because I’ve often trained myself to keep these two worlds separate. Oftentimes, working in NYC feels like you’re not given permission to seek professional aspirations out loud. You’re supposed to keep everything as quiet as possible until you’ve made your move. Those of us who break out to develop platforms outside of school have a hard time navigating our professional aspirations with this type of dynamic in school buildings.
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Also, the book Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don’t Leave is out in stores now.
I’ll keep this brief because this panel wasn’t.
The Center for Teaching Quality along with the Alliance for Excellent Education recently had me on a panel to discuss the future of education. In my CTQ circle, I’ve been known to ruffle a few feathers. Nevermind. In many circles, I’ve been known to do so. I thought I did some of that in the videos you’re about to watch.
Here’s the video and audio, as well as the documents supplied in the meeting. I’m personally in two segments, but by all means, please watch the whole thing and say something awesome, like you always do. Thanks to both organizations for having me.
Jose, who heard that Michael Horn was smirking during my part of the Q&A. Funny …