What’s our role? What has changed?
Posted February 4, 2010on:
Back again after much thinking, little writing. I was asked this question today: What is the role of the media specialist today?” My reply was the same as always: instructional leader and innovator. Do you see this changing, why?
No, but I see it as more difficult. I hear from media specialists all over that budgets are tight and NCLB is taking time away from innovation. Emphasis is on the management aspect of technology and not the instructional. Pockets of innovation in the classroom often come from the outside; teachers who do creative things often do it on their own, showcasing their own interests and talents. It’s a vicious circle–a lack of vision, time, technology and other issues get in the way.
I still believe there are opportunities for innovation and work with educators during an era of bleak budgets and diminishing resources. Help others capitalize on the resources our media centers provide and capitalize on our expertise. Be a pocket of innovation.