On 12/03/13, Wondering in Florida... wrote:
> I am about to finish my Ed. Leadership certification, so
> I'll be able to apply to the administrative pool next
> month. I'm hearing from some administrators that it IS
> possible to make the leap from classroom teacher to AP, but
> that it is far more common for one to hold another type of
> leadership position first.
> I am not sure whether or not I should remain in my current
> teaching position while applying to the pool. I'm leaning
> towards applying for other positions such as administrative
> dean, curriculum resource teacher, instructional coach,
> etc.. At this point, I will have everything "on paper" in
> terms of qualifications, but I may be passed over due to
> lack of experience.
> I would appreciate it if you would share a few words about
> your journey.
> Thank you!
Yes, it's possible to become an AP directly from teaching.
Leadership experience is a huge plus, but that leadership can
also come from leadership as a teacher (department chair, team
leader, mentor for new teachers, curriculum committees,
accreditation committees, providing of professional
development to peers, etc.)
I don't recommend applying for a position you "don't really
want" just to increase your chances, or to apply for something
you don't expect to become good at. Aside from that, ANY
leadership roles will be beneficial, and if you are interested
in any of the positions you mentioned I would definitely go
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