New proposals for teacher licensure and compensation will hurt our students by exacerbating teacher turnover, and stunting teacher development.
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.