I am privileged to associate with some amazing people. These leading lights share their knowledge and expertise generously, stir others into action and are passionate about improving their pedagogy and that of others.
But what of their learning journey?
I’ve found that some of these leading lights face the “prophet in his hometown” syndrome. While on the wider internet they are respected and admired, in their institutions they constantly have to do battle to prove themselves or their ideas are quashed or watered down or undervalued. So they can’t shine at full strength — or the people around them put sunglasses on.
Sure there are grants they could go for to run projects, but there often isn’t anyone to fill in for them in their day job.
Conferences and PD are often run BY them — not FOR them, so after a while their opportunities to replenish and grow are limited. Yet the best educators are often the most the passionate learners.
So there they are — ready to go further, but nowhere to go. It seems a waste of human capital – not to mention a lousy way to get a return on investment from both their efforts and the money spent to train them. Your thoughts? Are there enough opportunities and support for educators who are leading the way? Or is it their duty to learn in their spare time and spend the rest helping others? Or is this a cheeky question to ask?