Tuesday, May 4, 2010

What should I call it?

What's in a name?
I think words carry a great deal of importance. They are seeds that help turn dreams and ideas into realities. I struggle, in speech and even more so in writing, to find just the right words to express that which I truly mean.

So, what should my job title be?
My title for the last 4 years has been "Technology Coordinator." I no longer want to be the technology coordinator, and I have been somewhat successful in passing on many of the technology-related responsibilities.
Our school has grown and changed and adopted more of a 21st Century learning perspective, and I, too, have evolved professionally. Now I have the opportunity to redefine my role and with that, one of my first tasks is to figure out what to call myself.

My first thought was "technology integration facilitator." But with that, the emphasis is still heavily on technology. And technology integration. For me, I want the focus of what I do to be on learning. I plan to work closely and collaboratively with teachers in a coaching or co-teaching style model.
Should the title include the word "learning?" "Curriculum?" "Coach?"
Should I purposely eliminate the word "technology" from the job title?

Here are some similar job titles I've considered:
Instructional coach
Instructional technology coach
Literacy coach
21st century learning specialist

I have created a wordle with some ideas of what I see myself doing, my strengths and what I hope to contribute.

I welcome your input!