One of “Education Blogger” Jon Pelto’s recent posts defies logic entirely by insisting that only teachers should run education-related government programs.
His chief complaint with Governor Malloy and Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor’s chosen candidate for the position of Director for Educator Effectiveness and Professional Learning for the State Department of Education is that she did not “spend any significant amount of time teaching in a classroom.”
He claims that the Governor and Commission passed up “experts” for an unqualified candidate—an unqualified candidate who has 11 years’ experience in either government or management at an institution of higher education.
It seems Pelto’s only measure of “expert” is experience teaching in a K-12 classroom. Somehow, being a secondary or primary school teacher translates to “expert” in managing hundreds of employees, designing evaluation systems and managing data.
If you look at the job description, most of the job duties of the Director for Educator Effectiveness and Professional Learning entail coordinating between departments, evaluating data and facilitating program development. [State Department of Education, 7/19/2013]
While “Educator” is a part of the job title, the duties and skills necessary are completely different from those of a K-12 classroom teacher.
Pelto completely overlooks that Shannon Marimon, the new Director of Educator Effectiveness and Professional Learning, was on the management team of The New Teacher’s Project (TNPT), a fellowship program whose purpose is to attract high achieving professionals and recent graduates to the teaching profession.
Oh, but that doesn’t count as “education management experience” because TNPT is a “reform” program — clearly, she has no experience in education program management and supervision.
According to Pelto, only a classroom teacher need apply for this job—because politics is more important than common sense.
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