I received the endorsement last summer through peer review. It cost many a
chaffed nickel. I didn't "advance" because of it, I  had to get it in order
to retain the position I have had for a couple of years, which was already
at teacher-level. I'm not that surprised that a lot of folks got it because
transcript review was cheap and easy and resulted in an added endorsement.

Jeffrey Jarrad
Technology Teacher

Union Elementary School
1 Park Ave.
Montpelier, VT 05602


From: "Frank J. Watson" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2005 10:17:59 -0500
Subject: Re: Ed Tech Specialist endorsement discussion


I think it would be interesting and valuable to develop a data base of folks
that are getting the endorsement. I am concerned that some of these folks
are endorsed but still in positions that are support staff or aides. I think
we need to collect as much information about them so we can begin to
influence the way school districts view the endorsement and the position -
whatever it is called.

On Mar 8, 2005, at 9:57 AM, Bill Romond wrote:

I've been following this discussion with interest since I've been involved
in some capacity with the development of the Educational Technology
Specialist endorsement since the idea first (formally) emerged from the
VITA-Learn Board about 6 years ago. There had been calls for the endorsement
from the field prior to the 28-member Board making the proposal to the
Department of Ed.

I checked with Licensing at the DOE and learned that about 42 people in
Vermont now have received the endorsement. Most of those people achieved the
endorsement through transcript review, although two received it through an
interstate reciprocal agreement and only four have been recommended through
the Peer Review process.

A large number of the transcript review folks volunteered to serve on peer
review panels, but since only a few have chosen that route, it is
understandable that some of you have not been asked to serve on a peer
review panel.

I was a little surprised at how many have actually received the endorsement
since the requirement is fairly narrow. You can find out more about the
requirement through a link found on the DOE site: Click on "Application
Process for the New Educational Technology Specialist Endorsement" and
you'll find some definitions concerning who must hold this endorsement.

By the way, I don't know if we can find out which districts are employing
these 42 individuals, but will investigate.

Thanks -

Bill Romond
Vermont Department of Education

       -----Original Message-----
       From: School Information Technology Discussion on behalf of Neil
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       School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> on
       Monday, March 07, 2005 at 12:23 PM +0000 wrote:
       >I too was interested in the question posed: which districts/schools
       >employing IT endoresed educators.
       >I also had a transcript review of courses for my C.A.G.S. in IT from
       >Mike's and received the new endorsement. At the time of my CAGS the
       >endorsement was in Computer Science. I also inquired about
       >peer review panel but have not heard anything. So this is an
       Perhaps the Integration specialist endorsement will be like the
       wheat chaff on the newly minted nickel. Rare enough to actually be
       something? Then again, there are an awful lot of perfectly spendable
       nickels out there and not many people are looking for the chaff.

Frank J. Watson
Shifting Sands
St. George Island, FL

"I'll see it when I believe it"