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Teachers Matter Direction 38! Forum # 2

August 6, 2012

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The following article from the Monument OCN is published in their August Issue.

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Direction 38 forum examines importance of teacher quality and assessment

By Kate Wetterer

“Teachers Matter,” a Direction 38! forum on July 23, focused on potential methods to recruit, vet, and maintain the highest caliber of teachers in today’s school sys­tem. This included explanations and critiques of Colorado Senate Bill 10-191 dealing with teacher assessments.

Direction 38! is a not-for-profit organization of parents, teachers, and others in School District 38. It is not affiliated with the school district.

This second installment of the 2012 Get Educated! Sum­mer Series was well attended, with current and former teach­ers involving themselves in the discussion. The speakers were Marcus A. Winters, author of the book Teachers Matter; Bill Jae­ger, former teacher and member of Stand for Children Colorado; and Mike Wetzel, director of public relations for the Colorado Education Association. Each gave a summary of their views on teacher assessment and the best ways to provide students with quality educators and then took questions from the audi­ence.

Winters emphasized the vi­tal need for capable teachers in a child’s education. He said this is complicated by the current vari­ety of teacher quality in schools. Winters suggested that schools need to consider a teacher’s “out­put” rather than their “input” when conducting assessments. He supports ranking teachers through their progress in reach­ing students and conveying material effectively rather than through degrees and experience itself, regardless of quality.

Please read the rest of this article at OCN  http://www.ocn.me/v12n8%2025.pdf

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