KQED discusses the innovative ways in which teachers can connect with each other to discover new ways to teach more effectively. One of the people dedicated to this field of work is Kris Hupp, who works for the Cornell School District here in Pittsburgh.
"Figuring out which new teaching practices or pieces of technology might work in a classroom can feel like a full-time job. Lots of educators spend their free time researching new ideas and connecting with other educators, but there are plenty more that find the process confusing and overwhelming. How much easier would it be to have a dedicated staff person whose job is to bring new ideas into the district, support teachers and smooth the way with administrators?
That’s what Kris Hupp does for Cornell School District
, a tiny district in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hupp’s official title is 21st Century Teaching and Learning Coach, a job that started out as part of a state grant and has been incorporated into the regular budget. “My district made the investment in my position because they were seeing instructional shifts and a lot of that is this mentality that we’re in it together,” Hupp said.
"The most important thing about his job is to create trust with both teachers and administrators who sometimes find themselves on opposite sides of labor disputes and budget issues, Hupp said. 'Sometimes we’re just negotiators, whether it’s that the administration wants something from a teacher or vice-versa. It really requires a tremendous level of trust.'"
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