Our teachers are our greatest resource. It's time we treated them that way.
To ensure that MCS teachers have what they need to best serve their students, we’re helping them grow as professionals in ways that are meaningful to them. This means:
1. Fair and consistent evaluations
We’re training classroom observers along a unified program to ensure fair and consistent evaluations.
2. Professional development targeted to individual needs
We know that some professional opportunities will be more useful than others, depending on a teacher’s specific goals for improvement. From classroom management techniques and new technology to reflective practice and real-time coaching, the district offers a menu of options teachers can tailor to their needs. The MCS “Crusade for Cameras” is one example of how TEI is helping tech-savvy teachers use video technology to learn more about their own classroom performance.
3. Differentiated career paths
New career opportunities and incentives will enable our most effective teachers to advance without leaving the classroom.
4. Greater rewards for performance.
We are designing a system that compensates teachers based on how they progress from one level to the next, as well as sustained high performance over time. MCS will provide teachers with a clear sense of how these rewards are determined.
A high-tech tool for teacher self-reflection
Teachers: Imagine a camera in your classroom—a camera that you control. Consider the possibilities. You’re in charge. You have a chance to step outside yourself and see what your students see. See what your colleagues see. See what your principal sees.
Next you show some footage to a trusted colleague for feedback. You take what you learn back into the classroom and adapt your strategy. You watch again and see for yourself how your instructional practice is changing, improving—and how your students are responding.
As part of a pilot program starting in late 2010, Monica Jordan did what she calls a “camera tour” of 20…