For the past few weeks I have been hearing rumblings that the School District was going to announce a program allowing non-administrative staff to help in planning for the future of our school system. Today, they announced the creation of the Transformation Corps, a group of people dedicated to making the our school system better. Obviously, I am interested in applying and I urge other educators to do the same. Click here for a job description and application info.
This position does beg some questions, however. In the information it says that the position would take precedence over what you are currently doing. For me, that would mean someone else would be in charge of teaching my students. Am I willing to do that? Do I think there would be a quality person put in place? Do I get any say into who that person is? How would my students view all of this?
Also, they announced this on the Wednesday of Winter Break and expect applications for the first phase by Friday - a very tight window. Are they really trying to offer this to everyone? Or is it being announced now to filter who applies?
I hope their intentions are truly genuine because I plan on applying. If I do get involved, I would hate for my suggestions to be tossed aside because they had other people in mind for these positions. Obviously, this sounds somewhat jaded but I want to be cautious in how I approach this situation.
I hope teachers apply in droves and are able to influence policy with their knowledge. And have a happy Winter Break in the meantime!