By Suzanne Koty
underestimate what teachers are capable of newsletter. Our goal is to provide a collaborative resource that highlights state and
achieving…and to make choosing mastery an district level teacher leadership activities, outlines issues related to South Carolina
attractive and attainable option.” education, and sparks ideas among our Teacher Forums.
--Robyn R. Jackson
Never Underestimate Your Teachers:
Instructional Leadership for Excellence in
Teacher Forums throughout the state have been busy. The 2017 District Teachers of the Year have returned to their district forums following the SC Teacher Forum conference full of energy and ideas. Under the direction of their current leadership, several forums have taken on new directions and opportunities.
on the way to starting its Teacher meeting for the upstate forums. Their
Forum. Their Superintendent, “Engaging Our Collective Voice" event
Dr. Roach, and their Chairperson, will provide opportunities for advocacy,
Elizabeth Ireton, have planned professional development, and networking.
a kick-off reception to celebrate They will also be participating in a friendly
the teacher leaders, and they have competition to encourage donations of
drafted their Constitution and By-Laws. stuffed animals for the Children’s Hospital
CERRA is supporting them through and food for the hungry.
The 122nd South Carolina General Assembly convened for its 1st regular session on January 10, 2017.
Be sure you know who your legislators are.
A Spanish teacher from Nursery Road Elementary School, Vanessa Torres, received the Milken Educator Award with a prize value of $25,000. You can read the press release here.
The 2016 State Report Cards were released in December. A point of pride is that the high school graduation rate increased to 82.6%. Access the report cards here.
South Carolina ranked 2nd in the top states for newly renewed National Board Certified Teachers.
inside out requires much greater efforts
to recruit talented people into teaching,
to revise programs of teacher education "A primary aim of teachers working
to make them challenging and realistic, to together and embracing leadership
induct new teachers in ways that ensure roles is to enhance collective efficacy,
they have careful support and a chance which in turn supports school capacity
to succeed, and to winnow out inadequate to improve student learning."
teachers and retain effective ones. All these --Marcus Conyers
tasks demand an understanding of what and Donna Wilson
most strongly motivates and discourages Smarter Teacher Leadership:
teachers. One place to start is to ask the Neuroscience and the Power of
teachers what bothers them most and to Purposeful Collaboration
begin reforms there.”
--David Tyack and Larry Cuban
Tinkering Towards Utopia
As defined by Marcus Conyers and Donna Wilson in
Smarter Teacher Leadership: Neuroscience and the Power of Purposeful Collaboration
Contact Suzanne Koty at Suzanne@cerra.org for more information.
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In their book, Tinkering Toward Utopia, David Tyack and Larry Cuban provide a historical analysis of our country's approach to societal change via educational reform. The book describes the political nature of various school reform efforts, the importance of involving teachers in reform, and the surprising reasons many efforts fail.
Robyn R. Jackson’s book, Never Underestimate Your Teachers: Instructional Leadership for Excellence in Every Classroom, explores the belief that every teacher has the potential to become a master teacher. She provides tools and strategies for building capacity for teacher leadership and explains how school leaders can help teachers develop the habits and the mindset of master teachers.
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