Really Making Mom & Dad Happy With This One
This is one of those things I know I'm supposed to do -- demonstrate my commitment to higher learning and professional development -- but I've been struggling to line up the hoops properly. That, and a generic Masters of Education from a generic school wasn't really making me all a-flutter. You get the degree to prove you can get the degree from a selective, impressive place, or you get the degree to improve your teaching. Everytime I looked into it, I came up 0-2.
This program I applied to seems different. It focuses on developing the role of teacher-leader within a school community, developing and applying collaborative systems, and redefining the leadership structure in schools away from the traditional hierarchal model to something more reflexive and horizontal. The program does not admit individuals; rather you apply as part of a school team, and much (most?) of the work is of the collaborative variety. Usually, that kind of thing makes me run for the nearest toilet, but my colleagues are so talented and intelligent we're gonna rock this one like a hurricane.
Two years and then the Masters and a preliminary admin credential, which will allow me to fulfill amended life-dream 1(a): selling-out and working as an overpaid VP in some ridiculously prosperous school district until enough savings have been amassed that I can run away to a small island nation where the dollar goes a long way, opening a small cafe and carrying on with local women.