ECISD Administrators Trading Places with Teachers 12/11/12
CBS 7 News Reporter
December 10, 2012
Odessa - After a year filled with significant changes for Odessa teachers, administrators are preparing to walk in their shoes and get a feel for the challenges they face every day.
For the next two weeks, they'll be substituting in the classroom. Some have had experience in front of students others have not.
They all say it's important to see what it's really like to be an ECISD teacher.
Administrators call them the front line and now for the next two weeks they get to see what it's like being just that.
The halls and classrooms of Pease Elementary are filled with students and teachers, but inside Mrs. Hall's 5th grade class is someone you would normally see in the administration building downtown.
"It's something we've talked about in previous years," Mike Adkins, the public information officer for the district said.
Members of the ECISD administration are getting out of their offices and into the classrooms substituting for teachers.
It's their way of saying thanks for their hard work. Today was Adkins turn in front of the kids.
"We're doing a little bit here to help out and tell them thank you because they do work really hard," he said.
Interacting with students is good for them when they're making decisions for the school district.
"We're making our plans, this is what we're going to do next and how we'll roll it out. We'll have some real life experience to draw from," Adkins said.
Experience that they hope will help them better lead the district into the future, one classroom at a time.
Administrators will be at elementary campuses this week and next, and then substitute at secondary campuses in January.