Indiana school district switches to paraprofessionals for elementary school music, art, and PE; adds Rosetta Stone instructionPosted: July 15, 2011
The New Albany-Floyd County Schools system in Indiana will substitute paraprofessionals for teachers for elementary school art, music, and physical education, according to Harold J. Adams of courier-journal.com. He reported that the school system is “designating lead teachers certified in art and music who will develop the curriculum for those subjects and train the noncertified paraprofessionals to teach them.”
And physical education has been changed to something called “physical movement,” which will be coordinated by a teacher who also works fulltime in a middle or high school.
Also, a computer-based curriculum using Rosetta Stone software will be used to make foreign languages available to all students in kindergarten through eight grade for the first time. Rhonda Mull, director of middle schools, told Mr. Adams that middle school students will go to the computer lab one day a week and elementary school students will have two foreign-language lab periods per week. All students will have the software available to them to use at home as many times as they want. The languages offered will be Spanish, French, German, and Chinese.