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Technology Education and Curriculum/Instruction Interact in New York Schools

The National Association of Secondary School Principals named Brentwood High School in Brentwood, New York as a 2010 Breakthrough School. The school serves 3,600 students from 47 different countries. By focusing on student instructional needs the school rose from being "a school in need of improvement" to a school "in good standing" in five years. The goal of the Breakthrough Schools project is "to identify, recognize, and showcase middle level and high schools that serve large numbers of students living in poverty and are high achieving or dramatically improving student achievement."

The Center for Digital Education, a national research and advisory institute for education technology, recently ranked states on their online learning policies and practices; New York ranked 47th. While some districts offer courses, students in New York have limited access to online learning. Currently there is no coordination of online education through the state Education Department, which is in the process of developing a statewide K-12 technology plan.

Through another program, the Center for Digital Education awarded New York City Public School 56Q a 2007 Digital Education Achievement Award for a student website.

Technology education is an integral part of the state's curriculum standards for mathematics, science, and technology.

Teacher's Aides

New York is one of eleven states that have professional development programs for paraprofessionals. The state is also one of only ten states that have policies that require certification for paraprofessionals who have instructional duties. In addition, New York is one of twelve states where requirements for paraprofessionals exceed federal standards.

Pathways to Teaching is one of the state's professional development programs for paraprofessionals. It offers a year of coaching and mentoring designed to help paraprofessionals transition to becoming certified teachers.

The New York City Department of Education funds another development program that offers services to paraprofessionals, including:

  • Career counseling and academic planning,
  • Staff development workshops,
  • Teacher certification information, and
  • Orientation for newly hired substitute paraprofessionals.

Welcome to the Classroom: An Information and Communication Guide for Teachers and One-to-One Paraprofessionals is for teacher's aides and teaching assistants who work with special education students in a mainstream elementary classroom and for elementary or special education teachers who work with one-to-one paraprofessionals.

Educational Management

According to "Principals Younger and Freer, but Raise Doubts in the Schools" (New York Times, May 25, 2009) principal positions in New York City schools are now filled by recent graduates of top colleges instead of by teachers who were promoted through the ranks to become principals in middle age. According to analysis by the New York Times, the average salary of the 1,500 current school leaders is 10 percent higher than that of the 1,200 principals in place in 2002 (in inflation-adjusted dollars). Each principal has an average of 649 students, compared with 879 students six years ago. The new system of leadership, instituted under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is currently under review.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the estimated mean annual wage for elementary and secondary school administrators in New York State in May 2008 was $101,590.

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