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KNOW & Tell NEWS COBB COUNTY EDUCATOR HONORED WITH DIVERSITY AWARD Angela Bourrage, Target teacher at Norton Park Elementary, has been honored with the Javits-Frasier Scholarship for Diverse Talent Development – a national award presented by the National Association for Gifted Children. The scholarship seeks to increase diverse students’ access to talent development opportunities through teacher and school counselor/psychologist training and support related to equity and excellence in gifted education. Norton Park Principal Jeff Mosley says of Bourrage, “She’s an amazing teacher leader. She continues to build our gifted learning program here and to enrich the lives of our students. She helps them to see what they’re learning in new ways–and how that learning applies to their lives outside of the classroom.” Mosley says that Bourrage has been teaching gifted students for only a couple of years, and yet in that time she’s had a tremendous influence on the culture of the school. See more at: http://cobbcast.cobbk12org/ ?p=11786#sthash.dgu3gUi5.dpuf 6 | KNOW • Volume 13 Issue 3 WHY EVERY TEACHER SHOULD BE ON LINKEDIN We all have a limited capacity and a finite tolerance for some of the social media garbage that seems to plague the streams of various social platforms. Someone’s choice to be completely off the social grid is both personal and admirable. You may choose to not have a Facebook profile or even a Twitter account; but, if you’re an educator, not having a LinkedIn profile is inadvertently precipitating the issue of why teachers aren’t considered professionals. The absenteeism of educators on the LinkedIn platform has given way to an even more callous attitude towards an already disenfranchised profession. You’re at a wedding, a cocktail party, or even a church service and you’re inevitably going to find yourself discussing work, what you do, and/ or how long you’ve been doing such. If you’re a teacher you more than likely will get the canned, and albeit feigned, apologetic response from people who believe their vocation to be of higher value than education: “Oh, you’re a teacher. Well, I’m sorry…” They are right to apologize; however, not for reasons of being better but rather for being part of an illogical societal problem in which teachers are denigrated for their chosen profession. Nevertheless, without educators, we’d have no other professionals. Pro-athletes certainly have their PE teachers and school sports coaches to thank. Physicians of any and all kinds are indebted to their science teachers. And had it not been for social studies teachers, history teachers, English teachers, and civics teachers, highly-paid attorneys wouldn’t have made it through the first-year of law school. While you may not get the respect you deserve as an educator, you do have the power to remedy this fallacy, one LinkedIn profile at a time. In most cases, people outside the education profession fail to legitimize the vocation because they are unaware of the credentials and experience one has to obtain in order to be an education practitioner. They don’t know that states require certification. LinkedIn is the perfect place where you can not only highlight your career success and achievement, but also where you acknowledge your education, training, certification, credentials, and awards. When it comes to thought-leadership regarding any professional topic, LinkedIn is a likely place where the discussions are taking place. You can join various groups or form your own in which you can start conversations regarding topics important to the education practitioner. It’s time for educators to start getting the credit they deserve as professionals. However, the legislator who’s making laws about your salary isn’t going to wake up tomorrow morning and say, “Oh, ya know I really think I should start paying more respect to teachers today…” That would be great, sure – but the fact of the matter is you as an educator have to reeducate society on the legitimacy of your professionalism. Set up your LinkedIn profile today and if you already have a LinkedIn profile, take the time to update it right now. Changing the way the public thinks of your chosen profession starts today and starts with you. Follow GAE on LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/1R6oQHz


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