Because I don’t really take breaks, I’m writing a three-part series at my other space. Here’s an excerpt:
Generally, you get the idea, but you’re left wondering, “How can we do this better? How can I do this better?”
Yet, when it comes down to it, too many of us are still waiting for someone to hold their hand into their voices, usher them in as the chosen one, or some movie-made accident that puts them in the seat next to a mayor, governor, or president. More and more, though, I’m starting to see the value in building a groundswell for yourself that doesn’t leave those high-ranking officials with much of an option except to know you.
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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.