Recently I explored the notion of the “Innovator’s Mindset”, and have thought a lot about this idea. As I look to write on the topic of “Leading Innovative Change” within schools, we are looking to develop educators as innovators. To be innovative, you have to look at yourself as an innovator first, and to create schools that embody this mindset as a “culture”, we must develop this in individuals first.
Angela Scioli: North Carolina is no longer investing in our students. It is evident everywhere my students turn. They hear the drips from the leaking windows in my trailer when it rains. They feel it in the lightness of their book bags when they have no textbooks to take home. In many schools, there are not even teachers in their classrooms. So many have left, and so few are preparing to enter the profession, that vacancies cannot be filled. There are no scholarships to encourage promising stude
Kevin Biles's insight:
Ms.Scioli does an excellent job describing the current educational priorities in North Carolina state legislature.. As a 32+ year veteran in NC schools I, too, have proud memories for all the supports that NC has put in place for educators over the years. If the goal of education is to prepare students for their future, full of curiosity, confidence and a love for learning than we are insulting and demeaning our students and school staff by using a one data point state "Report Card". How many universities use one data point to determine student entrance into their institution? How many employees in any business are measured by one data point? If NC is serious about attracting and retaining the highest quality teachers there must be opportunities for them to be supported. North Carolina per pupil expenditures must be made competitive and not in the lowest 10% of the nation. There must be legislative encouragement for educators to participate in professional growth programs such as NCCAT by funding substitute coverage, stipends for those who wish to achieve National Board Certification, graduate level incentives and most importantly equitable, nationally competitive salaries for all levels of experience. I look forward to the day when national newspaper's run headlines such as "NC Educator Salaries and Per Pupil Expenditures in Top Ten Percent of Nation" or "NC Legislature Creates Task Force to Work with Educators on Priorities to Create Student Success"--and agree to fund the results.
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