My post today is an informative one rather than on the entertaining side as I wanted to share some information that I came across in the education arena with all our readers.
As parents, we want our kids to get the best education available to them and the key to that education is getting them in front of the most talented and quality teachers available. Students and teachers need to be working together as a high performance team in the classroom to ensure success for both the educator and the student. According to research conducted by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET), the Milken Family Foundation and other leading institutions over the past two decades about America’s teaching profession, it’s confirmed that teacher quality is THE most important school-related factor affecting student achievement. Forty-three percent of the variance in student achievement is based on teacher qualifications, 49% on home and family, and 8% on class size.
Take a few minutes and click the link below to check out a video that is filled with some startling facts and statistics as it relates to our kids and their teachers.
A bit frightening if you ask me.
One strategy that can be investigated as a means to improve teacher quality is to take a look at TAP, The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, founded in 1999 by Lowell Milken. This idea of a comprehensive school reform system for K-12 is now a reality in some diverse school districts across the country impacting some 20,000 teachers and 200,000 students. In a nut shell, the TAP system revitalizes the teaching profession by to attracting, retaining, motivating and developing the most talented teaching professionals for our kids and our schools. The premise is that teachers will be more invested and motivated in their work if they are able to grow, including financially, in their careers.
TAP is based on four elements of success: multiple career paths, ongoing applied professional growth, instructionally focused accountability and performance-based compensation. Through these four elements, teachers are improving their overall instruction and the achievement of their students.
Visit Tapsystem.org to learn more about the program, where it’ been implemented, the cost, and the impact TAP has had on student achievement.
The 2013 National TAP Conference will be held March 8-9, 2013 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C.