I love speaking with school district HR leaders - it is a great way to really see what is going on in education. In this case, we were talking about teachers earning the master's degrees in a brick and mortar setting. He told me that his teachers still needed the program but were not finishing because of the cost and time requirements. It is not surprising to see the economy adversely affecting their career goals.
He was thrilled that the American College of Education Board had authorized a limited number of tuition grants to help with affordability. He felt that the quality combined with the low price would get these teaches back into an M.Ed program and help them move forward in their careers - especially in education leadership.
It was a great way to start a Monday!