TFA stands out as a prolific spawner of entrepreneurial leadership in education. Of course, part of this is simply the reality that TFA sets forth to recruit individuals with leadership potential--and is delivering on this aim. Indeed, the TFA application process is highly selective and consists of multiple steps. Its success, however, as an educational entrepreneurial incubator, suggests that it is a potential source not only of future leaders and innovators in education but as a model for educational leadership creation in itself.
Who wouldn't want to be a part of THAT?
Why am I still doing research on education, policy, teaching, classrooms, charter schools and the latest news topics on education, weeks after the final interview has passed? Well, first of all, it's because I've become pretty dang passionate about it in the past 6 months or so. But I'm also getting extremely anxious waiting to hear back from both TFA and NYCTF. I've been back and forth with NYCTF since yesterday, and should be getting a call from them any day now. And the decision from TFA is due Monday. At a good friend's wedding this weekend, a friend (former TFA CM and current PD) of the groom told me that somewhere out there is a computer spreadsheet that already knows if I'm accepted into the 2011 Corps or not. This week is spent assigning the accepted applicants to regions. The suspense is enough to drive me a bit neurotic.
Patience is a virtue I have never really had, and I can't say I'm getting any better at it.