Last night I put my money where my mouth is and applied for a Technology Director job in a small school district in rural Texas.
It seems to me that the leverage points are going to be where people are really anxious to change and are willing to actually do something to make it happen. What I run into mostly is people who want to do the same silly stuff but get different outcomes. My goal is to take my 40 years of experience with technology and my 10 years experience with education and try to make a difference in a small, rural, poor school district.
Now, the questions are still there
- Do they even want change?
- Are they interested in hiring a PhD?
- Will they be willing to accept skill, knowledge, and education in lieu of a "valid Texas teaching certificate"?
- How far are they willing to go to become a model district?
- Do my ideas have any merit?
I looked at the district's NCLB report card. They're in the 80% range but the bottom group appears to be well down still, so there looks like there may be some room for leverage. I can only find one year's worth of data so I can't really tell what the trends look like. Like most districts they're probably celebrating on the upticks and beating themselves on the down ticks -- just like they had any control of them.
I'll let ya know how it works out.