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The Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology 2006-2020 and Educator Preparation and Development

January 25, 2010 Leave a comment
One of the Key Areas of the Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology 2006-2020 is Educator Preparation and Development. This key area addresses the professional development needs of teachers and all members of the education community. It is further broken down into the following Focus Areas: Professional Development Experiences, Models of Professional Development, Capabilities of Educators, Access to Professional Development, Levels of Understanding and Patterns of Use, and Professional Development for Online Learning. 

To achieve the goals of the Texas Long-Range Plan, continuous professional development for educators in using and integrating technology in teaching and learning must be top priority. Statewide progress in this endeavor has been slow, and gains have been modest. Based on the Campus Statewide Summary by Key Area in Academic Year 2006-2007, 0.7% or 55 of 7752 campuses were classified Target Tech, 17% (1321) Advanced, 74% (5739) Developing, and 8.2% (637) Early Tech. The following year (AY 2007-2008), 0.6% or 44 of 7641 campuses were classified Target Tech, 19.9% (1520) Advanced, 74.2% (5668) Developing, and 5.4% (409) Early Tech. In the most recent summary from last year (AY 2008-2009),  0.6% or 48 of 7848 campuses were classified Target Tech, 23.8% (1864) Advanced, 71.1% (5580) Developing, and 4.5% (356) Early Tech. Noticeable trends include: the number of campuses achieving Advanced Tech classification have increased steadily, while those classified Target Tech have fluctuated, and those classified Early Tech dwindled.

My campus (Oppe Elementary School) reflects this plodding and fluctuating progress in this Key Area. In 2006-2007, we scored a total of 13 and classified as Developing Tech. The following year, our scored dropped to 11 when our Access to Professional Development was rated 1 or Early Tech. Last year though, we moved up to 14, scoring 3 or Advanced Tech in the focus areas of Models of Professional Development and Levels of Understanding and Patterns of Use. Additionally, we have yet to achieve a rating of 4 or Target Tech classification on any individual focus area of Educator Preparation and Development, while the only 4 we attained was in the key area of Infrastructure for Technology, focus area Internet Access Connectivity and Speed.

Needless to say, this dismal progress leaves much to be desired. This issue is critical as we cannot expect teachers to fully implement the Technology Applications TEKS, not to mention attain the goals of the Texas Long-Range Plan, if they do not become technology proficient themselves and receive the requisite professional development. Again, this would easily be addressed if each campus has a designated person for technology professional development as well as instructional support. Interestingly, this position was eliminated two years ago, and we now only receive infrequent inservice (brief at that) from one specialist for all elementary schools in my district. My campus and the district as a whole may have adequate (and improving) physical infrastructure, but the human infrastructure still has a lot of room to grow.