DC Position...should I take it?

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  1. roxstar

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    So, I got an email from my AP offering me the Math DC position for next year and I am trying to decide if I want it. Next year I will already have 3 preps, one the classes is going to involve a great deal of projects and work so I am worried that I won't be able to handle all of it. So, if any of you are department chairs...is there anything rewarding about the position other than it looking good on my resume? Just thought I would have you all help me with my pros and cons list before I give them my answer!
     
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    Will they give you a DC prep period?
     
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    Im wondering the same thing. Departments chairs here usually get an extra prep period.
     
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    No extra prep. No extra money
     
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    Are you looking to stay in the district for a while? Move up the ladder? If so, I think you should take it. If not, I wouldn't.
     
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    How much work is involved in being chair?
     
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    If you are thinking about having a leadership role in your district and school, I would certainly take the position. Yes, it is more work. But it could really be a step up in the future if you are thinking about administration or some other avenue in education later on down the line in your career.
     
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    Haha--at first I read this as though you were wondering if you should accept a position in Washington, D. C.

    In any case, what would your responsibilities be?

    Here we have a K-12 math supervisor and an 8-12 math chair. Neither of them teach (except for 1 class when someone was on maternity leave instead of finding a replacement). They are both like supervisors. Could you maybe convince them to only give you two preps (but the same number of classes) so that you could take on this role?
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    Thanks everyone! I thought about it quite a bit and I took the position. They actually changed schedules around too so the heavy project class is going to be taught by another teacher...I'm not a jerk, she really wanted that class! Anyway, the advice helped. Stay tuned for stressed out posts with titles such as...What Was I Thinking....and Does Anyone Want a DC Position? :lol:
     
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    I loved being department chair. I loved the chance to work with my colleagues in a different way.

    I got a moderate stipend and no "on call" period each day to enable me to observe classes.
     
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    Department chairs in our HS get a LARGE stipend and at least one extra plan period.
     
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    That would sure be nice! No stipend, just experience :rolleyes:
     
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    I am hoping it will be a nice change of pace. I love collaborating so i hope I get the chance to do some of that and not just have to do all of the title 1 paperwork!
     

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