Getting an education is one of the most common aspects of the life of every modern person. An educated society is a necessary element of the state’s prosperity. However, it would be wrong to say that providing quality education is a challenge exclusively for schools, colleges, and universities. It is possible to supply students with the knowledge they can use in the future, leadership qualities, and advocacy only by uniting the efforts of educational institutions, the community, and state and federal authorities.
Since any educational institution operates under the Constitution and federal and state laws, governments ensure that the public school system and system of high education work as efficiently and safely as possible. For instance, the authorities of Florida have mandated that each student takes at least one online course as a part of the development of flipping teaching (Fullan, 2014). District authorities also contribute by seeking chief information officers who “are interested in learning,” to make using technologies not only helpful but also not harmful (Fullan, 2014, 2:48). Moreover, recently, the idea of teacher leadership has become more popular. According to it, the teacher acts as a provider of knowledge and an experienced leader and advocate. The teachers should have more voice in decision-making related to educational programs and educational policies, striving to make learning equal and fair for all students (Miller, 2018). For example, teachers have a right to advocate for changes if they see that current learning methods are ineffective or too tedious for students. Therefore, educational institutions aim not only to teach students but also to support them and other participants in the educational process.
Cooperation between educational workers and representatives of the authority of different levels contributes to creating an educational space that meets the requirement of the 21st century and guarantees advocacy for all participants of the process. In addition, teachers should get rights to change academic programs because they are the closest to students and can see the system inside. Thus, the significant directions of modern educational development are advocacy of students and teacher leadership.
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Miller, G. (2018). Making educators’ voices heard: Strategies to affect change in educational policy marketing. In W. Hickey & J. Vornberg (Eds.), Texas public school organization and administration (16th ed., pp. 113-121). Kendall Hunt Publishing.