+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 4 of 4
US General Chat Thread, Educational IT in the USA in United States (US) Specific Forums; Hi all My wife has decided she doesn't like the weather in the UK (can't figure out why?) and wants ...
  1. #1

    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    1,319
    Thank Post
    101
    Thanked 25 Times in 18 Posts
    Rep Power
    25

    Educational IT in the USA

    Hi all

    My wife has decided she doesn't like the weather in the UK (can't figure out why?) and wants to move back to her place of origin (Florida). I'll be moving there by early next year. Which leads to this question, directed at those that either live in the states or know anything about it:

    What are the differences between educational IT in the UK and the USA? Are there any 'gotchya's" I need to be aware of? Does IT support work on the school level, or just the district level?

    I'm currently the IT manager for a large educational establishment in the UK, am working on my computing bachelors degree at the OU and hope to have my CCNA and one of the VMWare certifications under my belt by the time I leave. I'm led to believe the US focus comsiderably more of certifications than anything else when looking through candidates for an IT role, so I hope this will be sufficient.

    Thanks
    Last edited by _Bat_; 23rd June 2013 at 09:18 PM.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    west sussex
    Posts
    519
    Thank Post
    74
    Thanked 26 Times in 26 Posts
    Rep Power
    14
    no real advice to offer except good luck mate.!

  3. Thanks to ConradJones from:

    _Bat_ (24th June 2013)

  4. #3

    Ephelyon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Cheshire, England
    Posts
    1,661
    Thank Post
    289
    Thanked 318 Times in 192 Posts
    Rep Power
    141
    IT is normally managed at the district level in the US, with small teams responsible for the IT affairs of a number of schools in their "catchment area", though I believe a US private school would employ its own staff just as ours would.

  5. Thanks to Ephelyon from:

    _Bat_ (24th June 2013)

  6. #4
    ADMaster's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Posts
    329
    Thank Post
    5
    Thanked 34 Times in 29 Posts
    Rep Power
    23
    Bat,
    I can’t think of any “gotchya's” that will hinder you. I think the biggest difference is terminology, which your wife can tell you. I’ve been on this forum for a few years and didn’t have much trouble picking up your terms.
    There is no SIMS.net that I know of, the SIS systems are Powerschool, progress book, and DASL. There may be more, but those are the ones I’ve heard of.
    Some schools host their own SIS systems, and others, particularly the smaller ones go through an organization similar to your LEA.

    I think the staffing depends on the size of the district. I work in a small district with 1 Elementary, 1 Middle School, and 1 High School. There are two of us at the district level, although 3 would be nice sometimes. There are some tech savvy teachers in each building that can help out on minor issues.
    However the total number of students in the entire county only matches a medium sized district across the state. I know of some districts that have 20 Elementary schools. These larger districts employ staff that are assigned at the building level, possibly multiple buildings.

    The qualifications may vary, you shouldn’t have any trouble with those and your background in EDU IT. It seems that standards are ever changing. I remember when the degree was everything, then the certifications were everything. Then you have the camp that says you have all these certs but no experience to apply it, and the camp that says all these certifications and degrees make you over qualified.

    I’m only in one of these fifty states, and Florida is not it. Some of this may vary state to state. My advice is to look for postings that match your qualifications, and send in your resume to places you’d like to work.
    If you have any questions I’ll be happy to answer to the best of my knowledge.

    Good luck

  7. Thanks to ADMaster from:

    _Bat_ (24th June 2013)

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •