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Voice: Resource teachers do much, get little credit

April 06, 2001

Resource teachers write curriculum, write and review long-term plans for school reform and attend county and regional meetings to learn the most effective responses to changing educational and political demands.

Whether students and families realize it or not, their educational programs are positively influenced by resource teachers. Resource teachers are the "idea" people in a school. What is more, resource teachers take on much of the administrators' work at a more economical price.

Administrators may take the credit for educational improvements and they also may stand in the clear when experiments fall short.

In districts with long-standing administrations, low performance must fall at the feet of the incumbents. It is the resource teachers who come and go, bringing new ideas and leaving improvements when they move on.

JOHN WELSH

Resource teacher

Calexico

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