Education has been a ruling force my entire life-as a learner and an educator. I have experienced many of the myths identified in the video below. Why do these myths persist or repeat? Have we moved so far away from a learner’s mindset that all we look for are easily measured solutions? Can quick fixes work at all in our complex education system today?
This program has clarified pieces of visions I’ve had for a while, and given me a map on how to reach goals for my students, my school, and my district. I now have the language and leverage to conduct better conversations and execute plans that I know will help our students become the digital learners and leaders that THEY need to be for a future we can’t even yet imagine.
Q: What has worked for you?
A: What truly does work is the COVA framework. This final discussion post and synthesis process of our entire learning is proof of that. I’ve been putting together this last piece for my ePortfolio, and as I reflect back on the choices I’ve made in this entire program, my voice is even now being shaped as in this authentic process I am realizing all I have done.
Q: What can you improve upon?
A: Now that I have worked through a two year loop in my LC, I know that I can always plan better. Continual experience will recursively aid in better planning.
Q: What lessons have you learned?
A: I have learned so much… but the most important lesson is that I don’t have to know it all, that the whole point is THIS. That I will always be learning. The strengths I gain along the way will make my journey moving forward easier, and weaknesses will remain my teacher.
But also, I’ve learned the importance of collaboration and finding “my” people.
Q: Where are you looking to anticipate change?
A: I am asking next year to take over the GT work on our campus. I theorize that if I work with a smaller cohort, our work has a greater possibility of success.
Q: What is the diversity measure of your network?
A: In one way, the level of intellectual diversity is limited as I am still looking for specific stakeholders that are “disruptive ready”. I understand Torres’s point here is that great leaders are able to work and experience success with a diverse set of people, which in some ways I don’t see as relevant in initiatives such as mine. ALL are welcome, and I do believe that as far as race and culture is concerned, my personal diversity measure is strong.
Q: Are you courageous enough to abandon the past?
A: Yes! Let’s do it. I’m so ready to apply the gas, but am not in that clutch position. YET.