Reason for leaving explanation

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  1. TeachCafe

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    May 15, 2018

    I'm looking to change districts. I will graduate in December with my master's in educational administration and I would like to move into a leadership role the year after this coming one. My GOAL is to be secure in the district I want to move up into. I may try for an AP position but right now, I feel like being an instructional specialist is best. I still love "teaching" and want to coach and support teachers.

    However, I'm not that person. I do not want to simply leave one district for a position. I want to move up. I feel I cannot adequately coach/lead if I haven't experienced it from the ground up. I do want to be an administrator and God willing, I will move up in a district rather that "move" to a district with a job offer. That's just me. Most do the opposite but again, that's me.

    My currentt district is out of whack curriculum wise and administration wise and all leadership. I do not want to move anywhere but away, lol. I'm applying to teaching positions with the intent to make strides towards leadership roles before applying for a position within the district.

    So what do I say? Opportunity to be secure in the district I want to move upward in??
     
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  3. catnfiddle

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    May 16, 2018

    I like the idea of "enhanced opportunities for growth" or something along that line.
     
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  4. bella84

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    Yeah, I wouldn't say anything about wanting to move upward. Just last week, I sat in on an interview committee, and my principal entirely dismissed one candidate because he was obviously looking for leadership roles rather than wanting to remain in the classroom. He also wasn't the best fit, but my principal clung to "he just wants an admin job" as the reason for not considering him further.

    I think you're going to have to "pretend" you want to remain in the classroom for a longer period of time if you want anyone [in a good district where you want to be] to consider hiring you for a classroom position. Also, I wouldn't count on being able to move up like you want to. I don't see that happen to often around here. It does, but people have to put in A LOT of time in the classroom before being able to move on to leadership roles.
     
  5. Always__Learning

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    I don't understand why you aren't just applying to admin jobs in other boards if that is what you are interested in?
     
  6. Been There

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    Similar to bella84's comment, I think your career map is a bit idealistic. First of all, unless you have a smashing resume consisting of noteworthy experiences, your choice of districts will likely be few and far between. There are also many factors that will affect how "secure" you will feel in a district - some of which you have yet to discover. Most importantly, your success in climbing the administrative ladder will largely depend on how politically astute you are and the extent to which you are willing to forego your personal values about education. That's been my experience.
     
  7. TeachCafe

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    LOL. I see this in my current district. If I had more money and the classic wife teacher/husband engineer lifestyle of some former colleguges I'd have left the classroom back in October. My current school and district is awful.

    I said I'd "like" to move into a leadership role. I switched grade levels this year and really like where I am grade wise. I just don't like the school or district and for the first time EVER I'd felt like teaching isn't for me and I know it's this school and district so I'm praying for a change because I just can't do it anymore at this place.

    Even if I end up staying in the classroom for many more years to come I know in my heart it cannot be at my school now or anywhere in this district. I'd rather sub permanately.
     

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