Friday, July 8, 2016
One day in late 2013, I remember vividly a conversation that I had with my associate principal about educators pursuing advanced degrees. At the time, I was in the second to last class of my Masters in Educational Leadership,and I was set to graduate in May 2014. He was discussing with me his reasoning behind pursuing his doctorate degree, but what stood out to me the most was a statistic that he gave me. He stated that only between 3% and 4% of the U.S. population holds a doctorate degree, and that he wanted to be a part of that elite class of Americans. His logic was that this degree proved that he wanted to attain the highest degree possible for his profession. As I finished up my graduate program, I could not get that statement out of my head from my assistant principal as I thought about it almost daily after I heard it. Considering the fact that my wife and I have 3 young children and various church obligations weekly, I never thought that devoting 3 or more years to a doctorate degree would be feasible. I told my wife about my thoughts surrounding pursuing a doctorate degree. Her response was one of love and great support. As we prayed about it, she said that she thought that I should try to pursue the degree immediately after my graduate program was complete since I would still be in “grind mode.”
In my area, the schools that offer a doctoral degree in my field are Delaware State University (my alma mater) and Wilmington University. They have great programs, but my busy schedule with coaching football in the fall in addition to family and church obligations had me very hesitant. I would not mind giving up coaching football in order to pursue this dream, but if it was a way where I didn’t have to, I was open to that as well (coaching football is one of my great passions). My next option was to explore online programs that would meet my educational needs in addition to being flexible with my schedule. This is where the power of Twitter and being connected came into play to influence my decision as to where to attend school. Anyone that I followed on Twitter with a Doctorate Degree or pursuing one was asked about their program. One of the members of my PLN, Dr. Will Deyamport, had a link to his dissertation on his profile so I clicked on it just to see what his research was about and what I was getting myself into. When I saw that his school was Capella University, it brought that key conversation with my assistant principal once again to the forefront of my mind because in that conversation, he had told me that his wife was finishing her doctoral degree at Capella University. I sent Dr. Will a message to inquire about Capella University. He gave me awesome insight into the school, withholding nothing. After I spoke with Dr. Will, I reached out to my assistant principal’s wife to get a second opinion on Capella University. The conversation with her confirmed and enhanced everything that Dr. Will told me about the University.
I eventually applied and was accepted to Capella University after I completed my graduate degree. I began my first class in August 2014, and the journey has been rewarding up to this point. Due to everything being completely online, I have been able to work at times that I schedule and are convenient for me. The professors are very knowledgeable, helpful, and encouraging. They are readily available to help whenever you need them. I have been blessed with a great cohort that spans the globe. With the different backgrounds from the different geographic locations comes dynamic perspectives that enhance the learning process. It feels like I am pursuing this degree with a group of connected educators (actually I am since we are completely online) as we communicate often in the course rooms, and we constantly challenge each other’s thinking in order to push each other towards deeper understanding and reflection. I just finished my last class in June. The online learning platform has worked perfect for me and my situation. The main course, the dissertation, is the only thing that awaits me now. Since it is an action research dissertation, it will be undertaken in my current work setting. The only thing that would change that is if I am offered an assistant principal position between now and the beginning of the school year in late August.
My wife has been a tremendous support system during this process. I try to spend as much time with her and the kids as possible, which has lead to completing many assignments after everyone goes to bed and before everyone wakes up in the morning. The sacrifices have been huge in order to pursue this degree. Some family and friends are intrigued by the amount of activities and functions that I have had to miss due to coursework. Some don’t understand, but I must reach the finish line. I have been successful in every class by staying focused and diligent. If I had it to do all over again, I would not do anything differently. Capella University, in addition to Twitter, has transformed me into a huge proponent of the online learning platform. It takes you beyond your current geographic location and places you among professionals from all over the world. My pursuit of a doctoral degree completely online has cemented in my mind what personalized learning should look like and how it should push one beyond their wildest dreams.
About the author:
Jerod Phillips is the Dean of Students at Central Middle School in Dover, Delaware. In this role, he supervises and monitors student conduct within the school and handles routine disciplinary matters and assists in empowering teachers to assume responsibility for classroom management and student discipline. He is passionate about using his role to develops positive public relations between the district, school, students, parents and the overall community. At his school, he is also the Head Football Coach. He believes that being a connected educator can help take one’s career to unprecedented heights. He aspires to become an administrator in the near future. He has a B.S. in Finance and Banking from Delaware State University, a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Purdue University, and he is currently in the dissertation phase of his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and Management at Capella University. Jerod is a proud husband and father of 3 (2 daughters and 1 son), and he is very active in his church.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
On today's episode The Dr. Will Show, I chat with Business Strategist Kelly Roach about becoming an entrepreneur.
Kelly Roach is the host of the top rated podcast Unstoppable Success Radio, an International best-selling author, and the CEO of Kelly Roach Coaching.
As a former NFL Cheerleader and Fortune 500 Executive where she was promoted 7 times , Kelly brings a powerful combination of proven and profitable business growth strategies coupled with the mindset, wellness and productivity practices required to help entrepreneurs build a profitable business around a life they absolutely love.
Kelly’s passion and purpose is in helping entrepreneurs around the world achieve exponential profit, sales and income growth.
Kelly runs business coaching programs, mastermind groups, online courses and does private consulting with individuals and organizations.
Monday, June 27, 2016
On today's episode of The Dr. Will Show, I chat with Val Brown about Personal Learning Networks.
Val Brown, Coordinator of Leadership Development. In her current position, Val supports teacher leaders and aspiring administrators through targeted professional learning experiences. Her other passions in education include teacher leadership work with the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) and recruiting and retaining teachers of color. She is a member of the 2016 ASCD Emerging Leaders class and was named Seminole County Teacher of the Year in 2013.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
On today's episode, I chat with Melissa Powell about personal branding.
Melissa Powell is the Founder and CEO of Pocmi, Inc. The company's mission is to promote peace through innovation and diversity, and to increase the availability of talented individuals to employers, who through innovative immigration processes can now choose from a global pool. She is a proponent of the belief that diversification can lift nations and lives by her mantra that if we all win, we all win. With a Masters degree in International Business, an MSc. in Construction Management and a BA. in Architecture, she has applied her dynamic knowledge base and concepts of building and creating things, to the realm of international business. With this, she has been able to help in the growth of various organizations through strategic thinking and human capital management. She currently focusses on helping companies find, hire, move, and engage global talent.
Through the evolution of her profession and offerings, Melissa has had a wealth of experience with personal branding. In this episode she gives us insight on what it truly means to have a personal brand and why you should consider it for your professional development.
Melissa Powell can be reached at:
Web & Blog : www.pocmi.com
- - Google search "Color Psychology" for many tools on choosing good colors to suit your message
- - BryanJNoel.com is a strategist that helps to formulate personal brands and create your visual palette.
- - Strikingly.com, Squarespace.com, Wix.com or Wordpress.com to easily create your site and track how your users interact with it.
- - Creating a logo / or other branding materials: Fiverr.com (user: skydesigner has been good to me), 99Designs.com, canva.com
- - Printing business cards: Jukeboxprint.com
- - Instagram content creation tools: Canva, Over.
Monday, June 20, 2016
On today's episode of The Dr. Will Show, I chat with Cazoshay about her practice and the world of yoga.
Cazoshay Ward is an Alaska-grown certified yoga instructor and raw vegan foods chef currently located in Portland, Oregon. She shares her knowledge of holistic health and wellness by traveling to teach her unique events and classes and through her blog, DID with Cazoshay. Cazoshay also spent time serving as a Goodwill Ambassador to the Republic of the Gambia, West Africa, bringing donations of medical and school supplies to hospitals and schools. She has volunteered teaching yoga at many different events and locations including Covenant House Alaska and the International Center for Traditional Childbearing's 2015 Black Midwives and Healers Conference. She is truly a lover of Jesus, Earth & People and loves to encourage others in their wellness journeys. As a wellness professional, her goal is to make access to sustainability and holistic wellness available to all communities and individuals, especially through her Community Hip Hop Yoga classes. Her motto is #HaveMatWillTravel, and you can check out her website at www.DIDwithCazoshay.com for information on upcoming events and classes.
Website: www.DIDwithCazoshay.com Twitte
r/Instagram/Periscope/ Snapchat: @cazoshay_marie YouTube: youtube.com/DIDbyShay
On today's episode of The Dr. Will Show, I speak with Tom Murray about Future Ready Schools.
Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, DC.
Murray’s experiences in K–12 digital leadership, which include implementing a 1:1 program, BYOD, blended learning, and a K–12 cyber school where he served as the director of technology and cyber education for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, have been recognized nationally. A former school principal and teacher, Murray is passionate about proper digital learning implementation and personalized professional learning. In 2015, Murray co-authored and released Leading Professional Learning; Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers (Corwin, 2015). In addition to his role at Future Ready, he serves as a thought leader and school district consultant for digital learning implementation and transformation. Previously, he was the recipient of the Blended Schools Network Leadership Award, named one of the top 16 “forward thinking EdTech leaders in the country,” named one of the “top 100 influential voices in education,” has been featured in Tech & Learning magazine’s Leadership Profile, THE Journal, and has appeared on various television shows. Murray’s cyber- and blended-learning programs have been highlighted by Forbes.com, T.H.E. Journal, District Administration magazine, Project Red,Tech & Learning magazine, the Innosight Institute, and iNACOL, among others, and on Digital Learning Day in both 2013 and 2014.
Connect with Tom on twitter at @thomascmurray.
Monday, June 13, 2016
On today's episode, I speak with Layla Allahverdi, from ASCD about professional associations in K-12 education.
Layla Allahverdi is an educator advocate and program manager for ASCD Affiliates, Emerging Leaders, Connected Communities, Professional Interest Communities, and Student Chapters. These ASCD constituent programs cultivate and enhance the leadership capacity of educators, at all levels, to support the whole child and to elevate the profession. She also serves on a team that supports Teach to Lead, an initiative jointly convened by ASCD, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Layla earned her master’s degree in International Education and Training at American University in Washington, DC.
Layla earned her master’s degree in International Education and Training at American University in Washington, DC.
Follow Layla on Twitter at @LaylaJuneEDU
For more information about ASCD, visit www.ascd.org
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
On today's episode, I chat with Shervette Miller-Payton about being a centered educator.
After teaching high school literature and composition for 14 years, Shervette Miller-Payton now serves as an assistant principal where she continues advocating transformative technology and authentic assessments. She earned her B.A. from Mercer University, her M.Ed. from University of Missouri-Columbia, and her Ed.D. is in progress at University of Georgia. You can find Shervette on Twitter or Voxer @ATLTeacher.
Monday, May 23, 2016
On today's episode of The Dr. Will Show, I chat with Dr. Rousseau about her experiences as a consultant. She shares information valuable to teachers who have an interest in taking the leap to consulting.
Dr. Rousseau earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University, her Master of Science degree in the same field from Carlos Albizu University, and her Bachelor of Arts General Psychology degree from Florida Atlantic University. Her research interest areas are Adult Learning, Distance and Online Education, Training and Development, Learning and Organizational Development, Diversity and Inclusion, and Work Life Balance. Her published work, Balancing Work, Family, and Student Roles: A Phenomenological Study of the Adult Female Online Learner includes research examining a combination of the aforementioned topics.
Dr. Rousseau has clocked over 30,000 hours in curriculum design and has over 13 years training, facilitation, speaking, coaching, and L&OD consulting experience in multiple industries including Corporate Settings, Automotive, Sales, Finance, Insurance, Government/ Military, University Education, and Call Centers to list a few. Her learning and organizational development programs have led to the development of over 10,000 professionals over the past 13 years.
As President of Envisionary Development Consulting, LLC, a thriving performance management consultancy, Dr. Rousseau partners with her clients to deliver impeccable, top quality L&OD solutions that minimize turnover and maximize performance saving her clients time, money, and resources.
Dr. Rousseau conducts executive coaching, provides learning and organizational development consulting, facilitates executive training sessions and team building initiatives, manages training curricula design, and has led complex L&OD projects for the U.S. Department of Agriculture: Food Safety Inspection Services, Department of Education, Department of Defense, Office of Personnel Management Center for Leadership Development, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, US Army Corps of Engineers, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Florida Small Business Development Center, National Guard Bureau, JM Family Enterprises, International Movement Network, SonicLoop and other government and private sector clientele both locally and internationally.