SPU DEL Program Prep Reflection

“The instructor said,

Go home and write

a page tonight.

And let that page come out of you—

Then, it will be true.”

from “Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes

Philosophy

My decision to join the Seattle Pacific University Digital Education Leadership (DEL) program arose from a strong sense of teaching as a vocation, through which I gain immense intrinsic value from performing acts of service and leadership to make my school the best learning environment that it can be. You need to be certain that teaching is your vocation and that you are ready and willing to extend your work beyond your classroom to take on a leadership role at your school.

My commitment was strengthened by my connection to the mission and vision statements of the University, the School of Education, and the DEL Program, which focus on service, leadership, competence, character, and positive impact. Your work during the first quarter of the program will allow you to delve deep into the foundations of these mission and vision statements. You will develop these elements in your own vocational identity.

My purpose was solidified by the professional learning network (PLN) I have formed with my colleagues in the 2015 cohort, as well as the members of the 2014 cohort. (Thank you to Becky Todd, 2014 cohort, for her advice on this piece.) Although this is an online program, the cohort model creates a community of learners who share a common purpose and who interact regularly, through live online discussions, as well as multiple asynchronous, but nonetheless collaborative, learning experiences. You will build relationships that will model the supportive network you will need to build as a digital education leader at your school.

Practical Knowledge and Skills

Infotention & Mindfulness

In order to be a fully engaged member of your cohort, you will need to effectively manage your time and organize information. You and your peers will use a variety of tools that will allow you to curate and share artifacts of learning and engage and respond to each others’ work. Additionally, you will need the ability to unplug, decompress, and return refreshed and ready to reengage.

Tech Savviness

Although you may not be familiar with every technology tool that you will be exposed to during the course of the program, you will be successful if you are ready to “discover, play, and create” (Sarah Blattner). This course will introduce you to a variety of tools for both independent and collaborative learning. In addition to using these tools within your SPU DEL coursework, consider introducing these tools to the students and teachers at your school.

Adaptability

If you are not already playing a role in digital education leadership at your school, you will need to explore opportunities to take on a role that will allow you to put your learning to use in the service of your school. This is connected to fulfilling the mission and vision of the program. The SPU DEL program will give you the tools you need to become a change agent.

One Comment

  1. This is a great post about what incoming DEL students can expect, Liz. It’s succinct while covering all the important aspects of the program that can be expected. I especially like that you address how one’s role might change when becoming a DEL student: “If you are not already playing a role in digital education leadership at your school, you will need to explore opportunities to take on a role that will allow you to put your learning to use in the service of your school.” This is such an important element to the success of the program and you wrote it perfectly. Kudos!

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