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13 Career-Advice Tips for Educational Leaders

 

Educational LeadershipSchool is out. Whether you are taking some time off or getting in some of your online courses in Educational Leadership, summer is always a good time to reflect on the previous school year and begin preparing for the next! To help you prepare, we’d like to share some career advice from Robert Sternberg, a professor at Cornell University. You can also find Sternberg’s tips in the May, 2015 issue of The Chronicle for Higher Education.

  • Put family first.
  • Make your health a close second.
  • Save as much money as you can.
  • If you’re in the wrong place, get out.
  • Stay away from jerks.
  • If you’re not having fun, something’s wrong.
  • Be true to yourself.
  • Don’t tie up too much of your self-esteem in someone else’s evaluation of your work.
  • Take stock periodically.
  • Have a hobby. See the world. Or both.
  • Help others.
  • Take some risks.
  • And here’s one from our own list…enroll in Marygrove’s Education Leadership online program.  Become a school leader and make a difference!

 “That’s it,” Sternberg concludes. “I hope that by the time you reach my age, you’ll feel that your life and career have made the kind of difference you had hoped to make. Me? I’m not there yet, which is why I’m still trying – for example, by writing this article.”

“Career Advice from an Oldish Not-Quite Geezer” by Robert Sternberg in The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 29, 2015 (Vol. LXI, #37, p. A27-28), http://bit.ly/1RG4khT

School Improvement Grant Peer Reviewers Needed

 

Michigan Department of EducationOn May 28, 2015, The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) released an announcement that they are seeking peer reviewers for the School Improvement Grant (SIG) Cohort IV. If you are an aspiring school leader, you may find the experience as a peer reviewer helpful as you prepare for a school leadership career.

Peer reviewers will read, score, and make recommendations for funding of applications which demonstrate: 1) the greatest need for the funds, and 2) the strongest commitment to use the funds to substantially raise student achievement in SIG-eligible schools.

Peer reviewers must be willing to meet for a two-day consensus review on
July 15-16, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Clinton County Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) in St. Johns, Michigan. Before the consensus review, reviewers will be asked to:

  • Read 2-4 applications

  • Score the applications using a standardized scoring rubric

  • Take note and document questions, observations, and points of clarification to share with consensus teammates

At the consensus review, reviewers will be asked to:

  • Work collaboratively with assigned teammates

  • Participate in a calibration activity using one common application read by all reviewers

  • Review and determine a consensus score for each assigned application

  • Document the rationale for the application’s score

  • Make final funding recommendations

The consensus review will take place on Wednesday, July 15, and Thursday July 16, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Clinton County RESA, 1013 South US 27, St. Johns, Michigan. Lunch will be provided both days.

If you are interested in reviewing SIG Cohort IV applications, e-mail a résumé to MDE-SIG@michigan.gov by Friday, June 12, 2015. If you have questions contact Dr. LaWanna Shelton at (517) 373-3488 or sheltonL@michigan.gov.

Revised Draft Standards for Education Leaders: Give Feedback Now!

 

Educational LeadershipOn May 11, 2015 the  Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and The National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) released the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards for School Leaders, known as ISLLC, for public comment. 

People interested in reviewing the standards can read them here and can provide feedback through a survey here. The public comment period will last until May 29. CCSSO will use the comments to make additional refinements to the standards, which will be finalized and released this summer.

 Michigan is one of forty-five states and the District of Columbia, utilizing ISLLC standards to guide preparation, practice, support and evaluations for district and school leaders, including superintendents, principals, assistant principals, and teacher leaders.

Marygrove’s Educational Leadership online program is aligned to the ISLLC standards and  reflect the new emphasis on the changing responsibilities of principals, superintendents and other district-office leaders. 

ISSLIC standards “are built on a transformational vision of education leadership expressed through seven policy standards. Transformational education leaders:

  1. Build a shared vision of student success and well-being.
  2. Champion and support instruction and assessment that maximizes student learning and achievement.
  3. Manage and develop staff members' professional skills and practices in order to drive student learning and achievement.
  4. Cultivate a caring and inclusive school community dedicated to student learning, academic success and the personal well-being of every student.
  5. Coordinate resources, time, structures and roles effectively to build the instructional capacity of teachers and other staff.
  6. Engage families and the outside community to promote and support student success.
  7. Administer and manage operations efficiently and effectively.

Each of the seven policy standards is accompanied by specific actions that illustrate that standard.”

(CCSSO Press Release, May 11, 2015.)

5 Reasons to Earn Your Educational Leadership Degree at Marygrove

 

Masters Degree in Educational LeadershipWe get it!  Trying to balance all of the demands of daily life can be quite a challenge.  You have family and job responsibilities that take up most of your waking hours.  That’s why Marygrove College offers a 100% online Masters in Educational Leadership, designed to meet your career goals

Enrolling in Marygrove’s online Educational Leadership program is the perfect way to prepare you for a career in school leadership and develop your skills as an agent of change.

5 Reasons to Earn Your Educational Leadership Degree at Marygrove

Avoid Commuting.  On snowy, bad weather days, you won’t miss a beat by taking online course.  As the adage states, “You can learn any time and any place,” whether in your “bunny slippers” or after the kids go to bed.

Highly-Qualified Instructors. Marygrove’s Educational Leadership courses are facilitated by practitioners in the field of school leadership.  With an average of twenty-five years of experience, our instructors are highly qualified and know how to help you make the connection between theory and leadership practice. 

Networking. Network with your peers from all over the country.  Through the use of discussions, chats, blogs and social media, you will expand your contacts with other like-minded professionals. 

Career Advancement.  You will develop new skills not only specific to educational leadership, but also technical skills that are needed in many occupations beyond education.  Additionally, you will be able to apply your new found comfort with technology in your own classroom.

Social Justice.  The Marygrove College mission is real. Marygrove provides a personalized learning environment focused on Competence, Compassion, and Commitment, and to building a more just and humane world.

To learn more about our Master in Educational Leadership program, visit our website, call (855) 628-6279 to speak to one of our admissions representatives, or request more information here.

Common Questions About Masters in Educational Leadership Programs

 

Masters in Educational LeadershipYou’ve already spent years, maybe even decades, in the classroom as a teacher, you know how to lead and organize, and you certainly have the “in-the-trenches” perspective that every administrator worth his or her salt must have. Now what?

Before you revamp that resume and start applying for open positions, we thought we would answer a few common questions aspiring principals might have.

Do I Have to Have a Masters in Educational Leadership to Become a School Principal?
The best answer we can give to this question is yes, a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership is required by most states to become a school administrator.

How Do I Apply to a Master in Educational Leadership Program?
In addition to filling out an application, most Masters Degree in Educational Leadership programs require applicants to take the GRE test. This is a test taken by most students who are applying for admission (or a fellowship) to study at the graduate level.

The good news about Marygrove College’s Masters in Educational Leadership program is that we do not require our applicants to take the GRE!

To apply to our program, you’ll need the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum 3.0 grade point average
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed
  • Career Plan
  • Interview with program coordinator
  • Completed application with $25 application fee
  • Elementary or secondary teaching certificate

What Should I Expect From My Experience in a Master in Educational Leadership Program?
Our program offers students the choice of completing their course work either on-campus or online. Although our program is certainly rigorous, most of our students also find their experience to be rewarding—some might even go so far as to say that it is fun.

Academically, your experience in our Masters in Educational Leadership program will be very different than the undergraduate experience. How so?

Think about it this way: As a graduate student, you’ve already learned how to learn. Furthermore, you’ve built a sturdy foundation of knowledge and experience that makes adjusting to our program much easier, exciting, and pleasant. In addition to this, you will also be surrounded by likeminded peers, most of whom aspire to become school administrators, and professors who choose to teach at Marygrove College not so that they can research and publish—although many of our professors do—but so that they can do what they are truly passionate about: TEACH!

What is the Coursework Like in Your Masters Degree in Educational Leadership Program?
In our program, you will take courses that cover a variety of relevant topics including courses in executive leadership and decision making, finance, technology, curriculum theory and development, legal issues in education, staff development, racial and ethnic diversity, and urban social issues.

In addition to these courses, you will complete a Practicum in which you will develop a plan of work and engage in several administrative duties, responsibilities, and activities such as, organizational leadership, curriculum development, and supervision and evaluation of staff during the practicum experience.

How Do I Learn More About Marygrove’s Masters Degree in Educational Leadership Program?
To learn more about our Master in Educational Leadership program, visit our website, call (855) 628-6279 to speak to one of our admissions representatives, or request more information here.

 

Marygrove College’s Educational Technology Masters Degree Program

 

Educational Technology Masters Degree ProgramAs technology continues to become more cost-efficient and more and more a part of our daily lives, schools are turning to technology to engage students, enhance the classroom learning experience, and streamline the teaching process.

It’s true that most students and teachers are enthusiastic about technology—yet many educators find themselves asking similar questions:

  • How do I keep up with technology when it changes so rapidly?
  • How and what tools should I use to enhance the classroom?
  • Can classroom technology really help me better communicate and nurture relationships with parents, students, and the community?

If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions and have a passion for technology, you may be a perfect candidate for our online masters degree in educational technology.

Let Marygrove College Help You Successfully Integrate Technology Into Your Curriculum
To help you successfully integrate technology into your classroom, Marygrove College—in partnership with Lawrence Technological University—offers the Educational Technology Masters Degree, a completely online graduate program that will help students:

  • Use computers and new technology to enhance teaching
  • Apply emerging technologies to the creation of educational media
  • Participate in decision making about adoption of educational technology applications
  • Make presentations to various audiences using appropriate technologies
  • Train and coach others in the application of technology

More Specific Information About Our Educational Technology Masters Degree
Marygrove’s Educational Technology Masters Degree Online program comprises 30 credit hours of graduate study. After completing all coursework, students who currently hold a valid Michigan teacher license also receive a State of Michigan NP Technology Endorsement. A program option permits completion of 21 hours of the required courses for the State of Michigan NP Technology Endorsement without the degree.

Am I Eligible to Pursue an Educational Technology Masters Degree Online?
Students interested in pursuing their Educational Technology Masters degree at Marygrove College must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed
  • A Career Plan
  • A Completed application with $25 application fee
  • A current Michigan teaching certificate required for the NP Technology Endorsement

To Learn More About Marygrove’s Online Masters Degree in Educational Technology
To learn more about Marygrove College’s Educational Technology Masters Degree online, visit our website, call (855) 628-6279 to speak to one of our admissions representatives, or request more information here.

Marygrove College’s Masters in Educational Leadership Program

 

Master in Educational LeadershipProgram Overview
Marygrove College’s online Masters in Educational Leadership program has been designed to equip educational leaders with the knowledge, passion, and skillset necessary to lead today’s schools.

Our Masters Degree in Educational Leadership program is state approved and offers candidates a thorough grounding in the fundamental principles of administrative and management theory and capacity building.

Courses, which are offered both online and on-campus, focus on the principal as the instructional leader and the chief architect of change in the school. Students in our Master in Educational Leadership program will be introduced to the concept of the principal as change agent. As a result, students will learn to work closely with teachers, parents, and community members to create a supportive learning environment.

Our Masters in Educational Leadership program consists of 36 credit hours and has been designed to allow working professionals to obtain their master’s degree in two years.

Coursework
At Marygrove, we understand the needs of working educators like you. That’s why we provide students with a robust learning experience that will not only hold your attention, but also activate your creativity, and accommodate your learning style and schedule.

In our Masters degree in Educational Leadership program, students will complete 36 credit hours of course work, consisting of 11 core classes and one sociology elective. All classes follow National and State Standards for the Preparation of School Principals and have been approved for K-12 Administrative Certification.

Students will also complete a supervised Practicum to demonstrate competency of the eight Michigan Standards for the Preparation of School Principals. Through the Practicum experience, candidates will have the opportunity to develop their own work plan and engage in several administrative duties including curriculum development, supervision and evaluation of staff during the practicum experience.

Our Professors
There are a couple things we’d like to point out about the professors behind our Masters in Educational Leadership program: First, our classes are taught by teaching faculty, not teaching assistants or graduate students. Second, our instructors choose to teach at our college not so they can publish, lecture, or research (although many do), but because they are passionate about teaching.

Career Outcomes
There are a variety of career paths available to those who successfully complete a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. Administration is perhaps the most obvious career path, but many students who earn a Master in Educational Leadership degree do so to broaden their skills as classroom teachers. Others opt to become union leaders, department chairs, even school or district directors. Potential workplaces include: K–12 public and private school, alternative school, land-based or online college or university, charter school or state education department.

To Learn More
To learn more about Marygrove College’s Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, visit our website, call (855) 628-6279 to speak to one of our admissions representatives, or request more information here.

Is a Master in Educational Leadership Degree Right For You?

 

Master in Educational Leadership DegreeThere are a number of reasons students continue to choose Marygrove College’s Masters Degree in Educational leadership program:

  • Marygrove College’s Masters in Educational Leadership degree is an online, State Approved Administrative Certification Program.

  • Candidates completing the program will be eligible for Administrative Certification K-12, and can finish their studies in two years.

  • Our Master in Educational Leadership program gives you more flexibility than a subject-specific master’s degree. For example, a master reading teacher degree, or a masters in mathematics education will certainly enhance your reading and mathematics pedagogy—but they will limit your career choices to those two subject areas.

  • Students who complete a Masters Degree in Educational Leadershiphave more choices: They can pursue administration, broaden their skills as classroom teachers, become union leaders, department chairs, even school or district directors!

Is a Master in Educational Leadership Degree For You?
A career in educational administration may be a good choice for those who:

  • Genuinely love people and are committed to building meaningful relationships with parents, teachers, staff and students.

  • Thrive under pressure and enjoy the challenge of being a leader and change agent.

  • Enjoy collaborating with others, developing curriculum, and mentoring teachers and students.

  • Promote a positive school culture.

  • Strive to manage school resources and operations in a way that promotes a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.

  • Act with integrity and are not afraid to admit mistakes.

  • Understand the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context of schools and the surrounding community.

Am I Eligible for Marygrove’s Masters Degree in Educational Leadership program?
In order to be eligible for our MAEL program, applicants must have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed
  • A Career Plan
  • An interview with program coordinator
  • Completed application with $25 application fee
  • An elementary or secondary teaching certificate

To learn more about our program, request more information, or speak to one of our admissions representatives, click here.


Careers that Require an Educational Technology Masters Degree

 

online masters degree in educational technologyWhile earning an Educational Technology Masters degree is certainly a personal and professional investment for classroom teachers, it can also lead to a variety of exciting career possibilities for those interested in continuing to work in the field, but who see their career in education growing beyond the classroom.

Become a Professor at a College or University
While most four-year colleges and universities require professors to have a Ph.D., community colleges only require their instructors to have an online masters degree in educational technology. Teaching part-time at a community college is a great way to challenge yourself, earn more money, gain more teaching experience with adults, and put your skills to good use in a new learning environment.

Design Online and Hybrid Courses at a College or University

If you enjoy collaborating with other educators, many colleges and universities also require the expertise of those who have earned an educational technology masters degree online. As an educational technologist, you would partner with professors to design online and hybrid courses.

Become an Instructional Designer for Educational Non-Profit Companies

Many educational non-profits require the expertise of qualified instructional designers to work with clients and graphic designers to create fun and engaging learning solutions for students. Earning an educational technology masters degree may give you the opportunity to assist and consult designers of mobile learning apps, games, micro-learning modules, and just-in-time learning experiences.

Work as a Digital Learning Consultant for Textbook Companies
Textbook companies often employee educational technologists to help design digital textbook components,
conduct technology product presentations, and facilitate training workshops for new products. 

Work as an Elementary or Secondary Instructional Technology Coach
Students and teachers are enthusiastic about technology. The problem is that many teachers are all over the map when it comes to the technology continuum. That’s where instructional technology coaches come in! 

In this role, you would collaborate with teachers to align academic and technology initiatives, maintain resources and technology equipment, and educate faculty, students, and parents about the principles of good digital citizenship.


If you are ready to take your career to the next level, you might be interested in learning more about Marygrove College’s Educational Technology Masters Degree.


5 Ways Principals Can Facilitate a Digital Learning Environment

 

principals_Digital Learning EnvironmentMost of us have seen how students respond to technology in the classroom. Teachers, too, are enthusiastic about it, but I think we can all agree that unless classroom technology is used deliberately and strategically, and tied to specific learning objectives, there’s really no reason to introduce it to the classroom environment.

So how can principals help facilitate a digital learning environment? Furthermore, how can they ensure that teachers receive the training and mentoring that is often necessary in order to make this happen?

To help answer these questions, we’d like to share five classroom technology implementation strategies from Janette Hughes and Anne Burke’s new book, The Digital Principal.

5 Ways Principals Can Facilitate a Digital Learning Environment

Teach the Teachers
Whenever one of your teachers attends a conference or workshop, make it an expectation that s/he will share the experience—along with any materials and resources s/he may have gathered—with the rest of the staff. This can happen at a staff meeting, during a professional development day, or occasionally during lunch breaks.

Use Instructional Rounds
Most of us have attended a conference or professional development session in which we listened to someone share exciting ideas about a new teaching strategy—but once it comes time to execute that same strategy, we feel at a loss.

Many of us are visual learners and would benefit from seeing these strategies in action. That’s where the “instructional rounds” approach comes in.

An “instructional rounds” approach offers teachers the opportunity to see a lesson/activity or digital technology piece in use in the classroom context.

In an instructional round, a lead teacher plans a lesson using a digital tool, and a group of teachers sits in on the lesson to observe. After the lesson, with everything still fresh in their minds, the whole group meets outside the classroom to discuss and reflect on what happened.

Keep in mind that this should not be an evaluative exercise!

Try Virtual Book Clubs
Work with the technology team or committee you have established to select a Principal’s Book of the Month—maybe a picture book, a professional book, or a novel. You may want to supplement hardcopy books with digital reading materials like YouTube videos and podcasts.

For your book club, set up a virtual space for interested teachers to discuss the book. When appropriate, the teachers can also create and share related lesson plans that use digital technology. You can lead the discussion yourself or arrange for a technology team member (or volunteer) to do it. In any event, be sure to take part so that your staff sees that you are committed to the endeavor.

Partner With Other Schools
At your regular school district principals’ meeting or administrator conferences, ask your colleagues what kinds of technology they are using. If another school in your area is doing something innovative with technology, send a small team of your teachers for a site visit to observe.

Try Out Speed Geeking
We may think we’re tech savvy, but we’ve got nothing on young people like our students, which is one reason to give Speed Geeking a try. Essentially, it’s a professional-development strategy that loosely mimics speed dating, but replaces the dating part with student-led technology sessions.

Students facilitate Speed Geeking by preparing a brief presentation around technology. Each student is given five or ten minutes to share their favorite piece of technology—iMovie, say, or Storybird, Twitter and Flocabulary—and explain to teachers and administrators how it enhances their learning.

I’m intrigued by Speed Geeking for a couple of reasons. First, it’s student-centered. Speed Geeking gives students the opportunity to design instructional practice and values them as contributing members of the school. Second, it’s a way to breathe new life into our stodgy old faculty meetings and get our hands on new tech-tools that we know students respond to.

If you’d like to learn more about Speed Geeking, check out this article by Kim Cofino.

Photo credit: mortsan / Foter / CC BY

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