Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

Achieving Technological Literacy in Minnesota: (If You Don't Know Where You're Going, You Will Very Likely End Up Somewhere Else ...)

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

Achieving Technological Literacy in Minnesota: (If You Don't Know Where You're Going, You Will Very Likely End Up Somewhere Else ...)

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Standards For Technological Litera cy: Implementation Design

MTEA has managed to maintain an annual membership of around 400 teachers, about one-third of the approximately 1200 technology education teachers statewide. Through both journal and web communication provided to all members, a well-attended annual state conference, a variety of annual staff development opportunities, and a dedicated leadership group, MTEA is best positioned to take on the task of organizing the implementation of STL in Minnesota. That is not to say that other players won't assume key roles. Yet one entity, MTEA, needs to step forward and provide leadership in coordinating the efforts of all of these organizations so that, like laser light, the energy is coherent and focused.

SciMathMN, a public/private partnership that supports improved student learning in K-12 science and mathematics via standards-based, systemic reforms for policy and practice, provided funding for initial stages of Minnesota's implementation of STL in two parts. Thirty thousand dollars went to Phase I implementation activities and $30,000 went to purchase copies of STL for distribution. In the process of applying for those funds, MTEA assembled the following proposal to SciMathMN.

The purpose of Phase I is to promote awareness of STL in Minnesota and initiate the process of embedding the Standards in the curricula of all Minnesota schools. The organization responsible for administering funds and coordinating the grant activities is the Minnesota Technology Education Association (MTEA), and the MTEA contacts will be Dr. Mike Lindstrom (MTEA Professional Growth Chairperson) and Steve Ullrich (Current MTEA President). Phase I activities are scheduled to be completed over a two-year span, beginning in July of 2001, and focusing primarily on providing staff development/training opportunities with STL. Long-range activities for further standards implementation are outlined in Phases II and III.

Timeline Rationale:

Experience with embedding the national math and science standards indicates that large-scale systemic change is a process that may easily require 10 to 20 years or longer to achieve. It is conceivable that systemic change in technology education may take even longer than the math and science standards efforts due to the costs and timelines associated with updating facilities and equipment. The timelines reflected in this proposal take those and other factors into account in trying to establish realistic goals and expectations.

Potential Activities and Estimated Costs Associated with Phases I, II, and III:

1. Provide every MN technology education teacher with a copy of Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology: 1200 X $25 = $30,000

2. Provide an administrator in every district with a copy of Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology: 600 X $25 = $15,000

3. Provide one teacher and one administrator in every district with two days of standards training: 900 districts X 2 days X $125 (average sub cost--no sub needed for administrators) = $225,000

4. Bring one nationally recognized Standards for Technological Literacy presenter to an MTEA Fall Conference: $500 (plane ticket and rental car) + $250 (hotel and meals) + $500 (stipend) = $1250

5. Provide state VIPs with an Executive Summary of Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology: (key legislators, key educational leaders, leaders of other content areas, key business people) 1200 X $.50 = $600

6. Send a team of six MTEA leaders (to become trainers in a "Train the Trainers" model) to a 5 day training with ITEA staff (location to be determined--typically at a NASA base): 6 X $400 = $2400 (transportation), 6 X $350 = $2100 (lodging) and 7 days X 6 people X $35 (meals) per day = $1470: Grand total = $5970 (without stipends). …

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