The Pedagogy, Power, and Politics of Excellence in Latina/o Schools and Communities
Chapter 6. Time for a New Role: Excellence Engineers
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“I am ready to act, if I can find brave men [and women] to help me.”
As a close observer of public schools and school reform trends over the last decade, I have made one, what seems to me (among many others), clear observation. While endless peer-review journal articles, discipline-based magazines, and specialized conferences have focused on the expected critiques, best practices, or meta-analyses of school restructuring, teacher quality, curriculum development, standards, assessment, school leadership; and perhaps even more critical and visionary perspectives such as hip-hop and education, critical literacy, youth and community organizing, and participatory action research, from what I have seen, few, if any, have entertained the possibility of envisioning a new role/position/job in our public schools.
Let us consider technology in schools for a second. I find it interesting that given the rapid development, use, and reliance on technology in our lives in general and in schools and universities specifically, there seems to be an absence of specialized people who can help facilitate the use and effectiveness of these technologies. For instance, many districts are using iPads in the classroom. I have seen training-upon-training for teachers and other people who directly work with students. However, I have yet to see a technology-liaison-type ← 111 | 112 → person that travels across schools and classroom to highlight best practices or inspire school leadership to create institutional norms and practices that perpetuate these best practices. So, while there are...
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