The PEPSC is weighing crucial changes to how North Carolina educator licenses are administered, how teachers are evaluated, and how the state compensates educators.
Thoughts on Advancement & Development
- If we are serious about teacher leadership, then we are going to need to fund a lot of full-time mentor teachers in every single school that can coach and support newer teachers. Mentor teachers cannot be asked to mentor on top of teaching their own students -- that’s just not a realistic expectation.
- Do not link teacher pay and license renewal to student test scores or subjective peer & student evaluations. We know great teachers help students learn, but this approach is unfair because:
- Test scores and EVAAS data are influenced by many factors beyond teacher effectiveness.
- A teacher’s livelihood cannot be based on their ability to win a popularity contest among their students. Some of the best teachers are tough and demanding, which can make them unpopular even among students that are learning and growing.