In the Performance and Customer-Driven 21st Century, We Need a New Philosophy, and Trainings That Embrace Data
Submitted by MindShift
For the past 60 years, training administrators has been treated like football players. But if the Alabama Tigers had their own motto it would be “We have nothing to lose, we have everything to gain” because the administrator training program is outdated.
Today’s educators need to know how to manage the data they collect about students and how to use predictive analytics to analyze the results. We are dependent on data to make decisions and must learn to better use it, if we want our students to graduate and be successful.
Without data analytics, teachers will likely experience a more ineffective education system. Because of major data breaches at for-profit universities and the still ongoing loss of student data, educators must pay more attention to protecting student data.
An effective leader in a successful, top-performing organization would use data analytics to see where problems lie, then quickly assess a solution. But this is not how educators are taught today. Too often, administrator trainings run smoothly. For decades, administrators have been placed in a managerial role, managing employees from a background that is close to management experience but far from data analytics. The practical learning curve to the data analytics workplace is steep, and there is little time to learn on the job.
Unfortunately, educators are assigned “middle manager” jobs, and they are afforded little training. Administrators are expected to handle staff, communicate with stakeholders, and engage with students. But the 24/7 nature of the new era is exhausting and management layers and expectations have grown, ultimately limiting the amount of time teachers have to teach or even talk with their students.
What if educators were treated like professional athletes, who are given enough training so they are well prepared to take on the challenges that will arise in their professional careers? Imagine if today’s administrators were forced to master critical leadership skills, where employees are given equal playing time, and treated like athletes. Where each employee is equal to each other and the rewards are based on performance. These changes could have a long-term positive impact on the education system and our students.
We can help our students graduate from high school, and go on to college, to be successful. Getting a good education is imperative to success in today’s workforce. In an era where data analytics and predictive analytics are the new buzz words, there are the key building blocks to a great education, beyond filling out a paper exam. The knowledge and training that administrator trainings should offer is available now, but teachers need a change in mindset. Trainings should focus more on preparing administrators for the 21st century workplace, and show how technology can help students and teachers succeed.
It is time for administrators to be held to a standard equal to the expectations of today’s high-performing organizations.
Many educators love their profession, and want to provide students with a rigorous, efficient, and meaningful education. The work and emotional burden of a good education is great, and all educators would benefit from having the basic skills that can help them to better educate and manage all of their students.
A much-needed reform is needed in the way today’s educators are trained so that they can help their students thrive. Like football players who are coached to be smart, our educational system should teach educators to be data-driven. The most effective leaders have been those who have had an appreciation for data and learning. It is time to give educators the tools to do their jobs well, and make them prepare to embrace the new 21st century workplace.