In June, I participated in a three and-a-half day leadership institute for educators of color. Given the shameful dearth of people of color in senior leadership positions in independent schools, this particular leadership institute is yet one of several initiatives to supply the independent school pipeline with well-equipped aspiring leaders of color. I am not certain that a head of school position will make the best use of my leadership capacities. I really like teaching and the daily contact with kids. Therefore, a future leadership post would have to allow me to maintain that direct connection in meaningful way. I do, however, desire to provide leadership for a school’s academic program, and help classroom teachers strengthen their teaching. So, while I might not aspire to become an independent school head, I am realizing my leadership capacities in a more intentional way, and am acting on them with a clearer and more concrete plan for the future.
To that end, I have been exploring potential opportunities that would allow me to gain additional skills and expertise in working with adults. More specifically, I have been contemplating training as an instructional coach. I communicated recently via email with a teacher in California who is an instructional coach. She kindly provided suggestions re:ways I may obtain some experience in order to allow me to become a more viable instructional coach candidate. I am very excited about the possibilities. Especially given that a leadership position for which I had applied and been accepted to occupy was rescinded. I will not go into the details, but I will say, that in hindsight, those who rescinded the offer have done me a favor. My Dear Brother actually articulated it in words; I merely thought it. On the other hand, I have been asked by my department chair to mentor a new teacher intern, about which I am very excited.
I guess the saying is true: When one door closes, another one opens. It seems that in my case, several doors are opening.