Well, it happened. For the first time since I was 19 and selling cemetery plots by cold calling from the phone book, I lost my job.
My whole team lost our jobs. The Department of Personalized Learning/Ed Tech as been eliminated.
Honestly, I am still baffled by it. I can't wrap my head around the fact that a school district that I have always thought of as progressive has decided it needs no ed tech support for teachers and students. This, after our voters approved a 10 million dollar mill levy specifically to purchase technology for our students.
We survived the Great Recession of 2008-09. We survived a MASSIVE budget cut last year when a drop in state funding and an exodus out of our area of Colorado due to housing prices ran headlong into a drop in birthrates due to the aforementioned Great Recession reducing our Kindergarten and 1st grade enrollments.
But, leadership near the top has changed and with it, priorities have shifted. In a "flat" budget year, cuts had to be made because we are going to hire more directors and we are creating some new jobs called "Principals on Special Assignment."
I am saddened by the loss of what was my dream job. But I am sadder still for the students in my district who desperately need every tool and every skill they can acquire to bridge the digital divide and compete in the world they will live in. I fear that those chromebooks will become testing machines and when not testing, they will be test prep machines. I fear students will be left to use the devices as electronic babysitters because teachers only have so much time and with an ever-increasing demand for data, PLT and PLC meetings, and the required professional development and faculty meetings, there is little left for teachers to discover innovative practices that expand their students world beyond the four walls of their classroom.
In the meantime, anybody need a science teacher/ed tech coach? I'm available.