Announcing Three New Addenda to Standards for Technological Literacy

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In April 2005, the International Technology Education Association (ITEA) will introduce three new addenda to the technological literacy standards documents that will provide concrete tools for making technology programs standards-based:

* Realizing Excellence: Structuring Technology Programs

* Developing Professionals: Preparing Technology Teachers

* Planning Learning: Developing Technology Curricula

These new addenda are designed to work together with and complement the first addendum to the technological literacy standards, which was introduced in March 2004:

* Measuring Progress: A Guide to Assessing Students for Technological Literacy

Standards for Technological Literacy (STL) (ITEA, 2000/2002) provides the content for technological studies. Advancing Excellence in Technological Literacy (AETL) (ITEA, 2003) provides companion standards for student assessment, professional development, and program enhancement. However, neither STL nor AETL contain specific strategies. Feedback from several states in 2004 indicated the need for additional help to achieve the vision of the standards (Meade & Dugger, 2004). The ITEA Addenda to Technological Literacy Standards Series will detail the planning process involved as well as actions that educators can take to achieve technological literacy in the laboratory-classroom.

Realizing Excellence: Structuring Technology Programs

This addenda publication is about programs for the study of technology. Realizing Excellence: Structuring Technology Programs is crucially needed to help teachers and administrators understand the scope of standards-based reform. Realizing Excellence may be considered the general guide to the other addenda documents, although users will need to access the other addenda to consider the specifics of the program component they cover. Realizing Excellence reinforces the need for teachers, administrators, and the community to work together towards standards-based reform. It challenges these collaborators to engage in action planning that includes the development of mission statements, short- and long-term goals, and strategic planning that both assigns responsibilities and incorporates a realistic time frame. Moreover, Realizing Excellence provides a "snapshot" of what a model standards-based technology program looks like by describing common characteristics.

Developing Professionals: Preparing Technology Teachers

As AETL indicates, the most important factor affecting the quality of any technology program is the teacher. Developing Professionals: Preparing Technology Teachers will provide guidance to those seeking professional development as well as those providing it, at both the pre-service and in-service levels. For teachers, this addenda document will focus on the need to develop, pursue, and update a personal plan for professional development. Developing Professionals will also guide those who provide pre-service and in-service in a variety of forums--including workshops, seminars, conferences, and within the context of university-and college-based technology programs--to become standards-based.

Planning Learning: Developing Technology Curricula

Planning Learning: Developing Technology Curricula is a user's guide to standards-based K-12 technology curriculum. It is designed to help teachers and other curriculum developers in this process. …