New tools bring new roles

New tools and formats will not only increase options for students, they are creating a much more diverse range of employment options for learning professionals including:

· content development of lessons, units and courses

· platform development of social learning platforms, recommendation engines, learning management applications

· online tutoring: 1:1 and small group tutoring in a synchronous online environment

· onsite advisor: monitoring student academic progress, supporting career/college guidance process and work/community-based learning, building connections with youth & family services

· learning center leadership: recruiting students and teachers, community connections, operations

· network leaders: finance, facilities, recruiting, regional management

There will certainly be ‘teacher’ roles in the traditional sense especially P-8 for generations to come, but even in traditional schools the adoption of new tools will alter structure, schedule and staffing. Tiered staffing that incorporates Master Teachers and Teaching Assistants will become more common.

Learning professionals will be able to choose from large public or small private employers with an increasing number of opportunities for education entrepreneurs.

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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