Teaching high school age students can be immensely rewarding and challenging. During the course of a career in education, many teachers and staff decide to switch up their roles and apply for leadership positions. Educational leaders have the ability to make a difference – not just to individual students but to a community as a whole. There are many fascinating and fulfilling roles in secondary-level educational leadership. This article details just a few of these career opportunities.
School superintendents oversee the long-term strategic management of a school district, including several secondary schools. They liaise with principals and parents, act as mediators between schools and funding bodies and conduct many other significant administrative tasks. They are required to consistently review the strategic aims of the school district and conduct transparent consultation work in order to improve performances. District superintendents need to have a history of teaching and teaching leadership, and most superintendents need to hold graduate certificates in education.
Juvenile Detention Educator
A staggering number of American children and teenagers are held in juvenile detention centers. As might be expected, many of these minors have acute educational needs. The educational needs of incarcerated children are diverse and require a great deal of highly focused attention. Juvenile detention educators and administrators have a significant role to play in the eventual rehabilitation of troubled children. All too often, efforts to help children reintegrate into society have failed, and cycles of abuse, neglect, and violence continue unbroken. A 2017 report researched in juvenile detention facilities in Washington outlined some of the issues facing educators working in the field.
Roles in incarcerated youth education are immensely challenging. They can, however, be very rewarding for educators looking to genuinely improve the lives of vulnerable children through their work. The United States has a huge problem with mass incarceration, and educators have a big role in trying to counter this.
Education Technology Specialist
The technology used in secondary education is always evolving alongside technology in society as a whole. Education technology specialists act as consulting staff – advising principles and superintendents on the technology that they should adopt. Some background in either the technology sector or at a senior level within a schooling system is necessary in order to find work as part of a technology consultancy. Developments in educational technology have been extremely rapid in the last two years as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools to adopt remote learning solutions in order to safely continue educating students.
The pandemic has undoubtedly changed the relationship between education and technology forever. It may have simply accelerated a trend that may have gradually spread to all areas of secondary education regardless. Remote learning, for instance, was already seeing high levels of adoption by secondary education administrations before the crisis. Additional technological updates to education that were advancing before the onset of the pandemic included the use of smartphones in classroom settings and the adoption of Computer-Aided Design into vocational courses.
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