I dedicate this post to all my friends and cohorts from The Johns Hopkins University and ISTE Graduate Certificate in School Administration and Supervision. Thank you for allowing me to learn from all of you…. This post may be of special interest to educators in the classroom who may be wishing to pursue a career in educational leadership. I write this as a graduate of the program designed to provide educators the certification and professional development necessary to become a building or central office administrator. If this is something you have contemplated, then take a moment to read on. The application deadline is April 15. If you know of someone who has this interest, please forward. As always, please feel free to give me a follow on Twitter (mjgormans) and also take a moment to subscribe to this blog by email or RSS. I promise some outstanding resources heading your way! Have a great week! – Mike
We all have been participants in programs that provide inspiration and transformation as we continue our educational journey both as teachers and learners. Just a short three years ago I was reading information on the ISTE site that opened the door to such an experience. Little did I know it would be an adventure that would take me back to college. After all, I was already teacher with thirty years of experience, holding a life certificate that represented all the core subject areas. While the idea of a certificate allowing me to join the ranks of administration was a lure, I was even more excited at the prospect of combining this opportunity with facilitating educational technology instruction through the ISTE NET Standards. Before I knew it I was once again a college student. Please understand that I had not composed a paper, taken a test, or completed an assignment for over 25 years. My last student work was done by a typewriter with plenty of white-out, and my only experience with a reflection was what I could see in a mirror.
I had been integrating technology for nearly 15 years, in fact, I remember the Mac Classic, the TRS-80, a cassette deck as data storage, and of course the multimedia wonder Hyper Card and later, Hyper Studio. I really thought I was ahead of the curve. This was all before I took that first class and quickly experienced a wonderful transformation in both my own learning and teaching. The administration and supervision program I became immersed in with JHU and ISTE brought a new awareness. I gained the necessary skills to interact and communicate in an amazing and engaging virtual world of education that I had not experienced before. My cohorts consisted of like-minded educators across the nation and the world. They were as close as my home state of Indiana, and as far away as Europe and the Middle East. Together, we experienced the power of online learning, the authenticity of a project based learning style environment, and the fine tuning of our own 21st century skills.
I benefited from a powerful partnership between the Johns Hopkins Center for Technology in Education (CTE) and ISTE which included a focus on the traditional A&S certificate offered at JHU. The certificate program was enriched by the integration of instructional technology, and it facilitated learning using a web-based format that built on the CTE’s research-based approach to online learning. Lasting approximately one year, including five areas of study culminating with an internship, it was an experience that was both enlightening and transformational. Best of all, I was prepared to truly understand the standards of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) and pass a rigorous exam for certification.
I will always remember and have fond memories of the year I returned to the university after a 25 year absence. It made me aware of the importance of lifelong learning and of how we must instill this desire in our students. It allowed me to understand how online learning mixed with brick and mortar classrooms can create a hybrid learning experience that is powerful. I became a believer in the need for educational transformation that employed 21st century skills and put students at the center of their learning. Most of all, I gained an understanding that we must all continue to learn, create, and innovate in order to build an even better future.
Perhaps you are thinking about taking a more active role in school leadership. This may include a role as principal, central office administrator, or a classroom instructional leader. I encourage you to act on your thoughts. You will find enriching personal rewards and, at the same time, serve an educational system in need of motivated and passionate individuals. Your action may involve checking with your local/state university, investigating online PD providers, or possibly exploring the Johns Hopkins and ISTE School Administration and Supervision Program. If you are interested in the JHU/ISTE program be sure to act soon. The application deadline is April 15. Remember, it is a program available world-wide!
I am now approaching 34 years of classroom teaching! Yes, even with the additional certification I have chosen to remain in the classroom. Along with facilitating classroom learning, I enjoy blogging, tweeting, and learning from my personal learning network. I look forward to meeting professional friends across the state, country, and world. I have had the privilege to present to fellow educators at conferences across the United States and via webinars around the world. A choice to continue my professional development even after thirty years of teaching taught me that learning really is a life long experience!
Thanks for joining me for this reflection on transformation and lifelong learning! I wish you the very best as you continue to learn, grow, and journey into an exciting new era of education! Please take a moment and follow me on Twitter (@mjgormans), I will return the favor and we will learn from one another. You are also welcome to visit my 21centuryedtech Wiki filled with free and amazing resources. Again, take a moment to subscribe to this blog by email or RSS. Read below to see some upcoming articles and if you liked this article there is a button below for a retweet! Remember… keep on learning! – Mike
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