Sunday, September 29, 2013
This Sunday I participated in the first monthly seminar of the NYSAIS ELI. The focus of the seminar was Admissions, and was lead by two current Admissions Directors at different NYSAIS schools. Prior to the seminar I had not given much thought to the notion of working in admissions, but as I read through case studies and admissions committee guidelines, my interest was piqued. I love my school, and I love working with students every day, helping them become better readers, writers and thinkers and encouraging them to be better people, better friends. Working in admissions seemed to be completely disconnected from working in a classroom, but as I studied the ELI materials I started to realize the very clear relationship between the work I do as a teacher (engage with students and families who are already members of our community) and the work of an admissions officer (engage potential applicants, trying to build and expand our community). I'm left with more questions than answers, but I think that's the great thing about a program like the Emerging Leaders Institute - each seminar and gathering provides me with much food for thought, opening my eyes to the specific responsibilities and roles of various school leaders and encouraging me to think about which of those roles might be right for me.