Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) re: Personal Plans

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What is a Personal Plan?

It is a candid, written self-assessment of your leadership strengths and weaknesses, from which thoughtful next-steps are identified. Careful examination of NYS building- and district-level leadership standards will help you identify areas of personal strength or weakness. Next steps should address weaknesses/gaps, while building on strengths and aiming toward career goals.

Why must my three required Personal Plans be different?

Primarily because they are written at different points of time in your development. You should be continually internalizing new learnings - - from additional coursework, from accumulating work experiences, and from your observations of educational leaders. These new learnings should shape your self-assessments over time. That is, at different points in the CAS program, your particular mix of strengths and weaknesses will vary, as will your insights and thoughts about the paths you see for your future.

How will the Plan I write for EDUC 673 (Leadership) be evaluated?

The course instructor will identify expectations for what to include in this initial Plan. As you've likely experienced throughout your master's and other graduate work, instructors can emphasize a variety of evaluation criteria. If you are unclear about what is expected for any course assignment, make time to ask the professor for clarification. Since most students take EDUC 673 early in the CAS program, your planned next steps might include specific research, field-based projects, committee work, additional courses, professional development opportunities, job shadowing, and more.

What should the Plan accompanying my Internship Proposal include?

This Plan should focus on the experiences accumulated, learnings gained, and shortcomings noticed since writing your initial Plan, with fresh thinking about current strengths and weaknesses. Next steps should center on your proposed Internship duties and responsibilities. That is, the weaknesses or gaps you identify at this time should become the basis for the experiences to be included in your Internship Job Description. Your Internship should be designed to include "stretch" responsibilities that enhance your leadership and administrative repertoire. This Plan will be evaluated using the instructions and checklist titled "Criteria for Assessing Personal Plans".

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What should the Plan at the end of my Internship include?

This Plan should focus on and assess the experiences accumulated, learnings gained, and shortcomings noticed during your Internship, with fresh thinking about current strengths and weaknesses. Feedback received from on-site supervisor-mentors could factor into this self-assessment. Next steps should center on your plans after completing the CAS. Some graduates may prefer to return to the classroom and exercise their leadership as teachers. Many will identify the kinds of administrative positions they would be inclined to apply for. Most will update their professional resumes and seek information about schools and districts with position vacancies. This Plan will be evaluated using the instructions and checklist titled "Criteria for Assessing Personal Plans".

How will the Plans I write pre- and post-Internship be evaluated?

As indicated above, each of these Plans will be evaluated using the instructions and checklist titled "Criteria for Assessing Personal Plans".

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Last Updated: 3/20/14