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Educational Management

Principals and assistant principals in Nevada must have a Nevada teacher's elementary, secondary, or special license. They must also have a Nevada limited school administrator endorsement at the time of appointment and a professional school administrator license to continue in the position after the expiration of the limited endorsement. Principals and assistant principals must have at least a master's degree and 18 semester hours of credit in graduate courses in school administration.

The Washoe County School District, which includes Reno, has a principals academy to help administrators achieve goals for student success. The program provides ongoing professional development opportunities.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the mean annual wage for preschool and childcare administrators in Nevada was $37,670 in May 2008; the nationwide mean was $46,370. The mean for elementary and secondary administrators was $83,010; the nationwide mean was $86,060. Salaries for elementary school assistant principals in Washoe County School District range from $62,295 to $97,124. For assistant principals in high schools the range is $77,306 to $111,168.

Technology Education

The Nevada Department of Education promotes the use of technology in support of student learning. It regulates the approval of distance learning courses and has approved over a dozen providers of online courses. Nevada's virtual high school is the nation's first full service interactive online high school program open to students everywhere. The school offers approximately 50 high school level classes with online teacher support nine hours a day. All classes meet or exceed current national standards and Nevada state standards.

The Washoe County School District uses an interactive learning tool for pre-K children to support parents' involvement in early education of their children. Available in English and Spanish, the program includes videotapes, CD-ROMs, and the Internet and aligns with the Nevada pre-K standards.

The Center for Digital Education ranks Nevada 25th among the states for its policies and practices that support online education initiatives.

Teacher's Aides

The Nevada State Education Association has resources for paraprofessionals.

The Clark County School District, which includes Las Vegas and is the fifth largest school district in the country, hires support staff substitutes to substitute for teacher's aides and other paraprofessionals who are absent. A support staff substitute must have a high school diploma and must work at least two days a month. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for the nearly 5,000 teacher assistants in Nevada in May 2008 was $27,880, higher than the nationwide mean of $23,560.

Curriculum and Instruction

One of the goals of the Nevada State Educational Technology plans is the integration of technology into the state's new standards-based curriculum.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the mean annual wage of instructional coordinators in Nevada school was $57,900 in May 2008. The nationwide mean was $59,700 at the time. Also called curriculum directors or instructional consultants, instructional coordinators develop curriculum and help teachers with instruction and technology integration.

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