Education as a Career
I entered the field of education by way of working through corporate America in business. Very young, I just knew my undergraduate studies would lead me to an extravagant and successful career in business management. Although after several years, I found myself with a deep feeling of uncomfortableness. I realized that although I was successful, even earning a management award; I wasn’t fulfilled. I yearned for something new and realized those little unctions in undergraduate school to become an educator, were part of my destiny!
Responsibility as a Practitioner
I entered the field of early childhood education to make an impact on children’s lives. My hope was to become an encourager and mentor to motivate students to be successful. Over 16 years later, I still have the same desire. Although, my responsibility as a scholar practitioner/leader has evolved from just being able to touch my own students within my classroom, to now teachers, and other leaders as well. As I develop as a leader, I am developing an understanding of my impact and purpose to ensure that program evaluation is appropriate to ensure successful schools. Leading evaluation initiatives, will help our school develop best practices.
Barriers to Evaluations
There’s no secret that in education, the most common communicated barrier is lack of time and resources. I believe that to be the case when implementing measures of change through school evaluation. Change takes time and resources. Educators and stakeholders need to be able to embrace patience and diligence when tackling on new measures or making changes.
Leader Roles During Evaluation
As a leader, my role to ensure that these barriers do not become a hindrance, include having a positive spirit. As a leader, I can minimize this barrier to ensure that evaluations are effective by being an intentional planner to maximize resources and goals. Planning is the key to making time valuable. I believe that when educators understand that their leader has a plan, and has intricately scheduled milestones in a manageable way, then they will jump on board, roll up their sleeves, and get dirty in the trenches to help make evaluation successful. The leader has to be the influencer and guide to help reach success. One lesson learned from other administrators in the field that might assist me in implementing evaluations based on data-driven change, would be implementing the quote from Dr. Lorraine Cooke, “It is possible to run a program and pursue accreditation” (Laureate Video File). Just knowing that others have been through the process, and managed the process, is highly encouraging!
Laureate Education (Producer). (2016d). Voices from the field: Implementation experiences [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.