After reading the scenarios and considering the school districts I work for and for the districts I have worked for in the past I believe that each scenario will be handled a little different at each school district. The outcomes of each scenario, I believe, will vary depending on the policies districts have in place as well as the administrative leadership. The relationship with the board of education members is very important to district leaders.
School districts who are on the cutting edge of technology will be able to handle these changes and scenarios better. These districts will be able to move forward with changes at a more rapid pace as they will have the agility to make the changes needed. However, that is not to say they will not have challenges to contend with as the changes take place. District Superintendents have challenging jobs. As the school leader the Superintendent needs to be well connected to all stakeholders including: teachers, school board members, unions, parents, business community, and legislators.
One of the changes our school district is facing is the change in population. The shift in population plays a major role or factor in the district’s funding. Some districts might not be facing a lower enrollment, but are seeing new families or even English as a second language students enroll in their school. However, lower enrollment means less dollars, which in turn means a short fall of funding. Teachers and programs are cut, and the need to purchase new technology is not top priority.
One answer to help schools provide the services they need to help their students be successful is the option to implement online learning. I think online learning is still in a slow mode. As more and more teachers expand their knowledge and experience with online learning will will see an increase in the momentum of online learning. Eventually, we will see a rapid change in the learning environment.