It almost goes without saying that a critical ingredient to creating a great education system is the presence of great teachers. In fact, a landmark international benchmarking study by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. went as far as to say “the quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers.”
Over the past 10 years, both our country and state have had a heavy focus on improving the teacher workforce – mostly through changes in teacher evaluation systems.
While the impact of this strategy is murky, what is clear is that teachers are critically important.
Raising the performance of an entire education system does not happen without a clear-eyed understanding of what we are trying to accomplish. So, as we embark on ways to raise the quality of Jeffco’s educator workforce, what are the things we should be looking for or building up in our educators?
All of us remember that incredible teacher in our lives, who really made a difference and had an impact on who we are.
So, the critical question for you is, “what makes a great teacher?” Please post your thoughts below, and later this week I will also post mine. I look forward to reading your perspectives.