During my 21 year career in public education, there seems to be a recent increase in the number of peers striving for their doctoral degrees. I've always been an advocate for higher (and lifelong) education.
Thinking back to the work I did for my Masters in Education from San Francisco State University, I am proud to say that much of what I learned was put to practice. I think the challenge we have when pursuing higher degrees, certifications, or just advancing our education and expertise, is bringing it back to our department, school, and/or district, and attempting to change culture for the better. Each district and school has its own culture. Many leaders have vision while others have insecurities. My mentor (mentioned above) was the most secure leader. We worked cooperatively, not competitively, and that made all of the difference.
So, back to the title of my blog post. To Ed.D or not to Ed.D? Is it a financial decision? Yes. It is a life-changing decision? Yes. Will it make a difference? If the person pursuing it is doing this for the right reason. As public educators, we have the unique opportunity and ability to positively shape the lives of our peers and more importantly, our students.
There's a fork in that road ahead.... where does each subsequent road lead? Focus, determination, planning, and persistence = SUCCESS. Bring it on.