At the ISTE Conference this year, a revised version of the ISTE Standards for Educators has been made available.
You need to register for a free account and give ISTE an idea of your teaching status and what you plan to use the standards for. In my mind, there are so many opportunities.
Now, the standards aren’t enforceable on Ontario Educators but there is no equivalent here. Our focus is largely on good teaching principles and there should be no apologies for that. However, these standards mesh nicely with those who wish to be well rounded educators, advocates, leaders, and learners.
What stands out for me are the concepts of:
- global learning connections
- ways to enable student voice and competencies
- effective use of technology in the classroom with a section specific to design
The actual document is a short read and a quick skim if you’re so inclined. But, if you’re serious about this, each of the points in the document should serve as a launch pad to your own personal approach and philosophy of teaching and teaching effectively with the use of technology.
Beyond that, there’s a very serious message for school districts. With a workload that is absolutely full, teachers can’t be expected to do all this on their own. A comprehensive system of support and professional learning opportunities will support educators in their quest. Professional learning departments should sit back and ask themselves if they’re providing the environment and setting the table for educators to enjoy success. Are you providing opportunities for classroom teachers to learn and become leaders?
For the educator, I think that the standards provide a wonderful guide to designing a portfolio of learning. Can you provide personal examples of proof and comment on each of the standards as they relate to you? If not, does this provide a framework for your own learning this summer and to the future?
Are you the “Empowered Professional?”