OK, your district has just approved the purchase of new technology that will greatly enhance the classroom-learning environment. Now, the big question is: How do you make sure your teachers are actually going to use the equipment?
As superintendents and school districts face the challenges of mandated testing and the pressure to improve test scores, there's a danger we may develop a very short-sighted approach to education--an approach that could deprive students of experiences they need to succeed as adults in our global society.
The statistics are startling. Only about 70 percent of all U.S. students graduate from high school and only 32 percent of them are college-ready. And roughly about 70 percent of all new jobs require at least some degree of post-secondary education, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
One textbook was once good for all students. Many teachers, with no guidelines, just winged their lessons. And administrators knew some students struggled with reading, but couldn't pinpoint if the problem was comprehension or vocabulary.