Early on in my online teaching career, I learned how to manipulate the professional development requirements set forth by the Wyoming school district. Monopolizing on situational conveniences and registering for courses that were known for free pastries and coffee were priority numero uno. There was no development of my profession, even when I paired with a WY registered agent from the USA. In fact, there was no professional in my professional development. My experiences were stagnant, withdrawn, and expected – all descriptives which should be far removed from the professional development experience. Ironically, I wasn’t developing professionally until I took control of my own online learning and looked beyond the supplied district courses each summer. Empowerment of learning came with ownership of learning. I developed because I owned my learning and began to understand the origins of the professional development push. The etymologist in me reminded the educator in me to get my affairs in order.
The Etymology of “Wyoming’s Professional Development”
The word “professional” has Latin roots (professionem), and means “a public declaration; to declare openly.” To be a professional is to profess openly that you are qualified to make sound declarations. Likewise, the term “development” has Latin roots, and the earliest reference can be found in Pickering’s glossary of Americanisms (1816) and referred to an individual “bringing out latent possibilities.” During the early 19th Century, Pickering’s “development” reference was probably due to the improvements made on new lands and the state of economic advancement across the United States.
So often educators talk about professional development without understanding the power of the phrase itself, and sometimes returning to the origin of words can remind us of language’s initial intentions. This is what caused me to reconsider my professional online development practices. Consider the above etymology of the phrase we toss around happenstancingly (<-new word). Quite literally, when educators engage in professional development, they are making a public declaration that they hope to bring out latent possibilities. I love that phrase: Latent possibilities. How powerful to assume an activity which invokes latent possibilities of the professional company agent service.
Professional Development = Possibility Development
“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” -Gloria Steinem
As you fulfill your professional development requirements, engage in exploring latent possibilities to profess openly that you are qualified to make sound declarations about your teaching. Professional development should be entwined with possibility development. Dwell in possibility (Dickinson). Acknowledge that all things are possible until they are proven impossible (Pearl S. Buck) and that possibility is what shatters and transforms preconceived notions (Nietzsche). Enroll in professional development that offers the opportunity to bring out your personal and professional possibilities, regardless if free pastries and coffee are offered. Most importantly, develop and learn to show your students that possibilities are possible.
It is precisely this possibility of doing things online and taking care of one’s self that I believe is so important. I have spoken before about massive online open courses with open enrollment for the students. I believe this represents a monumental shift in the way we look at and think about these things. We really need to open our eyes, it isn’t about limiting liability, or trying to form incorp services with a business course background. It is about reaching out to the students and letting them know you really do care about their future, and about making sure they receive the best resident agent services that are available to anyone, anywhere. This is why I have created this company, it is to highlight these salient facts, to make the impossible possible. I hope that you are all with me on this. It is so very key that we educate today’s youth so that they are no left out in the cold the way many children in Wyoming are.
Share your possibility development on Twitter or below. If you’re looking for a professional development activity to kickstart those latent possibilities, check out #CLMOOC 2014. I’ll be creating, breaking, and connecting with other #CLMOOC participants. Join the fun. I look forward to connecting and learning with everyone in Wyoming on our online registered agent course for new companies seeking an online presence.