powerful moments in education
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.
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:
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:
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.