So I'm thinking about grad school this week because it's sort of right in front of me. It's Summer Intensive week here at Antioch and even though I'm not teaching myself, there's a different vibe in the building because of it. Most of our Experienced Educators students are online during the year, only traveling to campus for these few weeks in the summer. It's very different from my own graduate school experience and, while we have an excellent group of folks here this year, I'm wondering about the whole idea of graduate school for teachers. Is it a thing people still aspire to, as a real tool for gaining skills and new perspectives, or is it a hoop to be jumped through in the most expeditious, inexpensive way possible? Or, with the reality of PLNs and online, just-in-time professional learning (most of which is free or nearly so), is graduate school becoming a thing of the past? What would make you jump in a "do" grad school- or not? Why did you choose the program you chose- or why did you decide to skip it all together?
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