Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services
I think a the secondary level where teachers have way too many contacts, we need to limit the number of students they are responsible for truly engaging with and supporting. Turn secondary into elementary. Still have each teacher be the content expert based on their credentialing and expertise, but assign them a group of 25-30 students to case manage. We plan to build something like this into our scheduling plans for next year. Our secondary teachers desperately want to connect with and support students, but 160-200+ contacts make it impossible. So, our teachers will provide the educational platform for learning content, but then teachers will work with a small group of students to ensure they stay engaged, etc.
Our teachers are well trained in this area as our district knows that student learning is secondary to student safety and connection.