Good teachers shape students for life outside the classroom, making them well-rounded citizens with a capacity–and often a desire–for lifelong learning. Without highly effective educators, North Carolina’s students will be ill-prepared for meaningful, well-paying careers, and North Carolina runs the risk of operating without a globally competitive workforce.
top priorities from the forum
Thanks to all who participated in this year’s Emerging Issues Forum. The grit was evident in the remarkable energy in the room at all times.
After two thought-provoking days of discussion, learning, and collaboration, you developed several ideas for action regarding compensation, standards, professional development, and status.
Here are the top ideas that you, as a group, have determined to be most important to recruiting, rewarding, and retaining world-class teachers in North Carolina:
- Build career ladders
- Develop 11-Month contracts
- Increase teacher competitiveness
- Rebrand teaching
- Emulate the medical profession’s structure
We ended up with five areas for action because (1) building career ladders was the top idea for both the compensation and standards areas and (2) there was a virtual tie for the three ideas in the elevating the status of teaching area.
How are you working on these priorities? Tell us what actions you’re taking in the Emerging Issues Commons here.
This conversation did not end after two days at the Forum. To encourage continued community engagement, the Institute for Emerging Issues has partnered with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and designated a virtual space for a six-week self-guided online program that is open to all who wish to participate – regardless of background or profession. Those who were unable to attend the Forum are welcomed to participate as well!
This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC-Ed) will help you:
• Clarify the economic importance of and key influences on developing, retaining and supporting a world-class teaching workforce
• Build a local team to support world-class teaching in your community
• Develop plans unique to your community
• Know where to apply for funds to implement your plan