There are new state mandates with higher accountability for test scores. This challenge, coupled with the demands to mainstream special education students into the general population, make more intensive teacher training necessary. Many teachers are simply inadequately prepared to take on the responsiblity of students with self-control or behavioral issues. This is an opportunity for the County Office of Education to share its training expertise with Districts.
There is a need for an advisory council of industry leaders and District representatives to discuss possible new courses and training programs for the most relevant skills needed to address workforce demands.
Budgets have swelled in the last few years; but leaner days are coming. Recent good fortune will eventually reverse and Districts need to prepare for a rainy day. It is imperative to manage resources to keep cuts as far as possible from the classroom.
200 or 300 page summaries written in "edu-talk" can bewilder parents (and teachers). Districts need training in simplification. Most Districts make the mistake of presenting "summaries" that are hundreds of pages long and full of legalese. This frustrates parents trying to partner in the process. The County Office of Education should offer guidelines on simplifying the presentation.
Expand on the current safety initiative with outreach for parental engagement through education via social media.
Parental involvement is crucial to student success. The County Office of Education should advocate and foster more programs like PIQUE (Parent Involvement for Quality Education), which engage parent and instruct them on navigating their children's journey to a successful education.
On average, a student has a substitute teacher for one year of their public school experience. However, the University of Utah at Logan is the only school in the country with a full-fledged substitute teacher training program. The County Office of Education should offer a rigorous substitute teacher training program as part of their professional development, providing substitute teachers with lessons in classroom managment, legal mandates and curriculum enhancement.