What Are Teacher’s Future Roles?

New Roles for Teachers
The new potential titles and responsibilities of classroom instructors
LeiLani Cauthen, CEO & Publisher

Taking advantage of the best of consumerized learning (a.k.a, “personalized”) while building a new Expo Center for students with a virtual administration means new roles in addition to new policies and new structures.

What might some of the jobs in education be like in the future?

What follows are some probable job descriptions in the future for the education sector. The way schools will get there is how they are getting there right now – promoting teachers into new roles or repositioning existing administrative jobs. I have met plenty of these hardworking administrators whose new titles behind their names list out numerous duties as if their bosses have added more and more jobs onto the same person.

Since no one really knows what the future looks like for certain, a lot of creativity is already going into defining job responsibilities and titles for what could happen with the digital transition. What absolutely needs to happen is for reallocated staff to have a distinct posture to co-opt consumerized learning and to reposition their institutions as Expo Centers of Learning—where quality of experience rules to continue school relevancy.

Some of the positions you’ll find within this brief are already appearing on the landscape of school administration in the guise of added functions given to curriculum managers, counselors, teachers, or administrators of some sort, for part, or all the definition of their jobs.

It is important to remember that most teachers are cut off from the rewards of technology regarding mobility. Telework is rarely enabled for teaching for the obvious reason of required student attendance. Consumerized learning may force the hand of unions and schools to provide for the teaching profession to enjoy far more telework. With technology, there is no reason not to allow a lot more teachers to become experts and to teach or run learning communities from anywhere. Mobile experts online also give administrators options in crafting a curriculum that uses different employment contract structures.

Download the Future Teacher Roles infographic here

When individual teachers become specialists just like college professors, it could also mean bringing up the quality of all learning in grade schools.

With these new roles, we probably will see more teacher-level staff. We will also see a new sophistication to the organizing of teaching and learning via changed scheduling and teams of subject experts leveraged across multiple schools. Software systems that provide for better automated scheduling and curriculum administration will free up some of the needed budget for more teaching staff in new roles.

The administrative challenge is to juggle posting a new organizational structure of learning leaders and shifting the scheduling of all personnel by discovering a reciprocal balance in more and more powerful software – all in the direction of highly personalized learning delivered out of thrilling Expo Centers.

This subject and much more about the transition to digital curriculum and content is included in our Digital Curriculum Sustainability Discussion events in 13 cities this Fall. Join us for deep intellectual discussions about the tech shift in schools. The events are free for educators.


Article and infographic is excerpted from The Consumerization of Learning. Read the book and be part of the discussion about how schools are finding a new relevancy at the natural end-point of digital transition: maximized live experience and quality digital learning, also known as “expo” education.

LeiLani is well versed in the digital content universe, software development, the adoption process, school coverage models, and helping define this century’s real change to teaching and learning. She is the author of the newly released book, The Consumerization of Learning.

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