I hope you, Barnett, Emily, Cindi, and Ariel had a great session today at the Celebration of Teaching and Learning in NYC. I know there was a lot going on. I have been engaging in some discussions about Teaching 2030 in an online book discussion. There has been a lot of jostling in the community about the idea of a teacherpreneur. I think it is an idea that is so new that it has not come to it’s final meaning yet. I believe teacherpreneurs offer the education community a great deal of benefit. The idea keeps coming back to, “I’m not in it for the money.” I don’t think that the essence of teacherpreneurism is money, I think it is leadership and innovation that contributes to educational advancement. This contribution should be rewarded. I see it as sort of an evolution of teacher leader. I came up with the image below to offer a metaphor to talk about while we try to figure out these ideas. I would love to get your opinion and the rest of the educational community’s ideas about this image.
Can teacherpreneurs and teacher leaders be on the same team? Is a teacher leader who gets paid a stipend for developing local curriculum on a Saturday different than a teacherpreneur? Does being a teacherpreneur depend on a degree of expertise or can any teacher, no matter how effective, be a teacherpreneur? Has education been a “for-profit” business and teachers working as “hired help”, as Renee Moore would say, for over a hundred years? These are some tough questions. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts.