What should CMS do to attract, motivate and keep strong teachers?
I work with businesses every day that cannot pay the highest market rates, and while I will advocate for teacher pay to County and General Assembly, pay itself is not in BoE control.
CMS must recruit, develop, retain and reward a premier workforce through multiple career pathways, individualized professional development, quality appraisals, and leadership development. CMS should optimize district performance and accountability by strengthening data use, processes and systems, maintaining data integrity and use of data decision-making. The three-year grant from the Belk Foundation to develop new roles for excellent teachers, such as Senior Reach and Mast Reach Teachers, and Multi-classroom Level Teachers, are exciting.
I also suggest a grade 11-12 teaching academy magnet on the campus of UNCC College of Education. We have a superb program in our backyard, already with a highly successful Early College STEM magnet. If a student wants to become a teacher, we must fan that flame, devote resources, and invest in our own future workforce like other smart progressive businesses.