Tom makes some good points here about professional certification. I
have mentioned once or twice in this list my opposition to the Ed.
Dept attempting to license us techies (as opposed to those whose jobs
include teaching functions), but the time has probably come to bring
some structure and standards to what we want to be seen as our
"profession" rather than our "job". If we are to be considered
professionals, I believe we need a professional organization. And that
organization, not the Ed. Dept., should be the body that certifies us.
I'm thinking, for a model, of the school business managers'
organization. If you aren't familiar with that (and I am only slightly
familiar with it myself), the business managers, some time ago (many
years?), formed such an organization. My business manager has a nifty
certificate on her wall assuring the world she didn't just wander in off
the street. We need a nifty certificate too. Seriously though, if we
don't take control of the inevitable certification process the Ed. Dept.
Since developing such an organization and standards (Oh God!
Standards! Here we go with more FileMaker Pro databases!) will not be
easy or simple, I suggest that those two indefatigable workers, Tom Walz
and Bill Kimball (if he promises not to develop a rubric), do the whole
thing themselves and call us when they're done. Ah come on guys! You're
so good at this stuff.
Information Technology Director
Montpelier Public Schools
58 Barre Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Voice: (802) 229-5355
Fax: (802) 223-6146
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In a message dated 10/17/02 2:23:38 PM, [log in to unmask] writes:
<< Is it too much to expect for technology staff to be paid
with their experience and to reward them for learning how to do their
jobs better? Teachers receive this (and don't get me wrong, I believe
they absolutely should) - why should technology staff be treated to
Lisa et. al.,
Hugely complicated issue here. We cannot even pay teachers the same
schedules within our own supervisory union. Is not a teacher a teacher
teacher? Well, apparently not.
But your point is an argument for a definition of the job, standards
job performance, and maybe even the certification. It's harder to
a techie should be paid on a para scale if professional certification
Two of our techie staff are in an odd place somewhere between teacher
administrator in terms of length of contract and pay. There simply is
place in our salary structures that really fits them.
A potential and unfortunate result of reform is that some schools
decide to go without. Some already do that with nurses, art teachers,
Not an easy issue.
Barre Supervisory Union #61
Barre VT 05641
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