One of the reasons I worked toward National Board Certification is because while it's kind of awesome to put letters behind your name, I really want to make changes in education. Way too many people complain about education policy but don't put their proverbial money where their mouth is. I want to be a change agent.
This is one reason why I was so very excited about the possibility of the job that I interviewed for a few weeks ago. I want to be a change agent and really make policy changes and be progressive in education. I think that I could have been well on my way to some of that with that sort of a job, but the pay just wasn't going to do it for me, unfortunately. Alas, knowing that someone out there appreciates my go-to-it-ness (not really a word) and my determination to be a force to be reckoned with, I know that someone else will eventually to. I just need to do what I need to do until it's time for me to make a change.
I have been adamant for years that I am going to open my own school. People laugh at me and think I'm nuts but it just fuels my desire to prove them wrong (so, I might be a tad stubborn). I know that I have what it takes to make real change in the educational realm. I am not deluded into thinking that I can wave a magic wand and things will be epic. No, it will be tough and hard to accomplish but I am going to do it....or die trying.
Over the past few weeks, after being disappointed in the job offer and realizing it just isn't my time yet, I have decided to just embrace what I have now and make the small changes I can along the way. Am I perfect? Um, no. I make a lot of mistakes, even today, that I learn and grow from. I'm always trying to be better than I was the day before...even if that is just in how I communicate and connect with my students.
So with this new found determination to just make myself happy regardless...I have been happier. I'm not delusional. I know there are things that need to change or I have got to make a change myself. I still have a restless streak but it isn't as strong as it was weeks ago. Once I relaxed, things began to come into my path.
A local university is seeking a TESOL professor and while six months ago, I would not have applied for this job, I decided to go for it. If nothing happens, cool...but what if it does?
Then today I got an email from National Board asking me to participate in a study regarding National Board's standards with reading and the Common Core since Michigan is fully aligned with the Common Core. I was flattered to be asked but also because they will pay my entire way -- including covering sub costs for my district and a stipend for me. And I get to provide my voice to something that will shape future teaching. How cool is that?
It's not set in stone that I'm going but pretty sure that I will be able to do so. I'm excited. Best part is, the four days happen to fall on a week when I'm on break from graduate school (we get a partial week off between our courses) so the timing is perfect. I am excited for the prospect and should know next week if it's all set for me to go.
If I do go, the stipend from this workshop is going to go toward the spending money for my Finland trip. Win-win!