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A not-so-brief, brief follow-up…

As I re-read my previous post, I realize I left out an important detail.  Last week, someone on Twitter posted this article- my eyes fell on the title and I couldn’t wait to read it.  What is discussed is a very intriguing topic to me, one that spurred my ideas around a school position that really does not exist everywhere.

Technology Experts in Schools: Teacher Leaders or Technicians?    By Patrick Ledesma

Being a technology technician in schools is a full-time job.   Leading teachers through integrating technology, arts-based practices (though this article only explores the former) is a full-time job.  It is also position that only seems available to larger schools, and is shared across the schools.

In order for teachers to focus on the instruction within their classrooms, focusing on the students’ needs at that moment, they need a go-to person for ongoing curriculum changes.  The Bureau of Labor statistics has interesting points about this need:

“Besides developing curriculum and instructional materials, many of these workers plan and provide onsite education for teachers and administrators. Instructional coordinators mentor new teachers and train experienced ones in the latest instructional methods.”

The Bureau also says that in 2008, there were 133,900 “Instructional Coordinators”, projected to grow by 23% to 165,000 by 2018.  I found the explanation of this projected growth extremely interesting:

“The number of instructional coordinators is expected to grow …much faster than the average for all occupations. These workers will be instrumental in developing new curricula to meet the demands of a changing society and in training teachers…Growing numbers of coordinators will be needed to incorporate the new standards into existing curricula and ensure that teachers and administrators are informed of changes.

Teachers are professionals and perfectly capable of doing this- there just isn’t time to stay on top of things and focus on the most important part of each day- planning for our current students.

Actually- there IS time.  But anything beyond 8-3? Our society does not acknowledge the time and training needed, yet still expects everyone to remain current and informed.

Hmmm…….

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4 comments on “A not-so-brief, brief follow-up…

  1. Jack Haubach
    November 18, 2011

    Jac,

    One other thing popped into my head as I re-read this post. Don’t teachers in NH systems have CE requirements? I know we did in PA. My recollection of these offered by outside (well paid) providers is that they were seldom specific enough or lacked the followup necessary to integrate the ideas into practice. These courses were sometimes offered away from our locations which removed us from a precious day or more in the classroom.

    Dad

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    • soul strikers
      November 19, 2011

      Maybe- I am not sure what CE is? Perhaps it is called something different in NH?

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  2. Rachel Small (@rvsmall)
    November 11, 2011

    I totally agree with you, on so many levels. I’m mostly pondering, how are we to balance our professional and personal time? There’s so much we need to do in our classroom so in order to learn and grow as professionals, we need to spend our own time. I find that when I’m passionate about what I’m learning, I’m okay with spending my own time; however, it would be nice if that time was acknowledged across the board.

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    • soul strikers
      November 11, 2011

      Yes. The balance is tough when you are so passionate, because when the passion is enjoyable, it’s hard to shut off!

      Sent from my iPad

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