Speak Out: Teachers trapped, troubled by district technology

"And you throught your had computer problems" by Flickr user mandyxclear

As education professionals in the 21st century, we rely more on computer-based technology to help us improve teaching and learning for our students that ever before. Unfortunately, CEA members throughout CCS experience the first-hand effects of unwieldy, unresponsive district technology on a daily basis. 

Often times, our district’s technology causes more problems in our classrooms than it is intended to solve. CEA understands you are experiencing technical difficulties in your building as well as at home trying to incorporate district-managed hardware, software and data systems into your educational practice.

The CEA Blog wants to know:

What are some examples of how district technology is currently negatively impacting or affecting your ability to do your job at your workplace or at home?

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NEA grant to CEA expands Peer Assistance and Review program

Peer Assistance and Review (PAR), one of CEA’s most successful programs, is now expanding. The program will now serve second-year teachers in the Briggs and Linden-McKinley feeder patterns. PAR II will be facilitated by a PAR Consulting Teacher and the building principal.

Support for PAR II is being provided by CEA’s $1.25 million grant from the NEA Foundation. One of CEAs goals is to strengthen teacher preparation and build a stronger web of collaborative support.

PAR will provide two full years of mentoring, assistance and review for these teachers. The extended PAR program will focus on:

* Professional self-reflection assessment
* Identifying four goals for the year
* Building and maintaining a professional portfolio to track progress and goal completion

PAR is a national model. For more than 20 years, the district and the Association have worked together to sponsor and mentor new teachers and those who find later that they need assistance. PAR ensures that there is a high quality teacher in every classroom.

Video: "Bringing Learning To Life" grant announcement

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, OEA President Patricia Frost-Brooks and CEA President Rhonda Johnson joined Gov. Ted Strickland, Supt. Gene Harris and other dignitaries at South Mifflin STEM Academy to announce the award of a $550,000 service learning grant from the federal government.

Awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the “Bringing Learning to Life” grant partners include NEA, OEA, CEA, CCS and The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology. Check out NEA’s video of the event.