We Like Healthy Exit

Last year I blogged about "Healthy Exit."

What if you realize, as you are training for X, that you don’t want to do X?

If it’s piano lessons, you stop.

If it’s med school or law school, you’ve got a problem. Called: “Lots of debt.”

One of the nice things about tuition-free teacher residencies is, at various points in the process, you can stop without debt.

You can realize “Hey, I signed up in good faith. But now that I’m around kids all day, maybe this isn’t for me.”

By embracing and welcoming the notion of teachers exiting during training (including helping them think about “what’s next” — other professions they might want to pursue), you reduce the number who quit later (at more perilous times).

So what happens to those who exit? Good things.

Three paths:

1. Some realize they want to teach, but NOT in "no excuses" type urban schools. Steve is off to St. Ann's in Brooklyn. Kate is off to Mystic Valley Charter in suburban Mass.

2. Some want to work in schools, but not as classroom teachers (or at least not right away). Julia became a lead tutor at a different charter. Gina became a special ed teacher. Charly chose to head to UPenn for social work. Cormac joined Breakthrough Collaborative in San Fran.

3. Some simply realize they don't want to work in k-12 schools (or at least not right away). That's huge! Avoiding something you don't love is a win. "Undecided" is a win. Rebecca is off to London School of Economics. Max did a year of organic farming in New Mexico. Mijon works for a law firm in NYC.

We're lucky. Since we attract folks who were star college grads, they can change directions more easily in the labor market. I acknowledge this would be tough if our teacher residents had majored in education as undergrads. They'd have a larger investment that it would be hard to walk away from.