Around the country, and here in eastern Idaho teachers are expected to know more and teach more than ever.
One local administrator said his district is tackling the challenge.
District 93 superintendent Dr. Chuck Shackett gave a state of the schools address to district wide faculty on Tuesday morning.
He said sometimes daunting expectations can be discouraging, but he urges teachers to take heart:
“A school district is just a microcosm of real life,” he said.
Shackett said the real life behind school doors gets more real each year as teachers are expected to cover topics like bullying and even social media safety.
“The pressure is on us that we have to solve all these problems and we’re trying, but we’re also focusing on the core cirriculum and having the students reach a higher level of achievement,” said Shackett.
Shackett said Idaho has a 91-percent high school graduation rate, and that is something he said educators should be proud of.
When it comes to the state of District 93 schools, Shakett said things are good. Teachers are training on new technology, and he’s encouraging his faculty to go the extra mile for the kids.
“The key is to touch their hearts,” he said.
Shackett said the state of District 93 schools will only improve with that mentality.
He said there are a lot more people to go the extra mile this year. The district has 133 new teachers for the 2012 and 2013 school year.